Summer Quarter, 2015
1. Logic Model
1.1. Description of your goal for your SPP
The SPP’s goal is educating healthcare professionals about medication errors. This will ensure that they are well informed to prevent medication errors, which would reduce the related effects (Fertman & Allensworth, 2010).
1.2. Explanation of the value of a logic model as a programming tool for your SPP
Through the use of a logic model, managers have an easier method of defining work as well as measuring it. The steps can be used to draw the performance measures. Its major insight is the significance of measuring the final results or outcomes as it is very easy to waste money and time (inputs), work on the activities without a plan, and produce outputs without attaining the desired outcomes. The impacts, outcomes, or long-term results are the single justification that work is being done appropriately. Outcomes may either be profits or the successful attainment of the goals or mission.
The logic model has a cardinal role of program planning where managers plan with a picture of what they want to attain in mind. By placing focus on the ultimate results or outcomes, planners may think backwards through a logic model to determine how best the desired results can be achieved. Therefore, planners should comprehend the variation between the logic model’s categories (Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer, 2012).
In case profit is not the ultimate result, monitoring progress towards the outcomes may be difficult. The logic model has a cardinal role in cases where the vision and mission do not focus on a financial benefit. Hence, the logic model offers such indicators as outcome and output measures of performance. In such a case, there is a great need to specify the intended results keenly and consider their monitoring over time. Using the budget alone is a poor mission success indicator (Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer, 2012). There is also a challenge in measuring the work done and production of outputs.
1.3. Logic model for your SPP
This program budget has the detailed estimate of the costs needed to complete all the program tasks. It specifies the costs for the materials, staff labor, training, and other costs. This detailed budget can offer project sponsors the best estimate on the program’s cost (Krisberg, 2012). It will also help in managing expectations and giving program sponsors information on how to develop benefit/ cost for the project. This budget is also the basis for use in the control and execute stage to help assess if the program is on track financially. It was drafted by the program team sponsor, and manager.
More money will be used for the research since there will be a great need to know the reality of the situation before embarking on the program. Detailed research will, therefore, be necessary. There will be research on the prevalence of medication errors, causes, and impacts on patient, professionals, and the healthcare environment. Again, the cost for the personnel will be higher since they will be required to educate the healthcare professionals comprehensively. The travel expenses will be for personnel who live far. Supplies will include the reading materials and resources that the professionals will require during and after the awareness creation. As less equipment as possible will be used.
2.3. Explanation of the value of using a budget as a programming tool for your SPP
The budget declares the specific objectives and goals the authority wishes to attain through the concerned expenditure. A simple look at a budget generally defines the quality and quantity of the anticipated service delivery. Another value of a budget is appropriate wealth redistribution. It also promotes accountability and transparency where stakeholders can present their views regarding resources allocation (Cook County Bureau of Health Services, 2012). The budget documents also expound clearly the financial schedule, resource schedule, activity schedule, and structure of objectives. Worth noting, the budgets acts as an information source for all the concerned. Information in a draft budget document promotes consideration and following the approval, it functions as the most vital information source to administrative authorities when executing different functions.
As a programming tool, the budget has a value of serving as the coordinating instrument through which project activities may be integrated. This is based on the fact that it has all the information regarding objectives, policies, as well as activities (Cook County Bureau of Health Services, 2012). Finally, it is a worthy control instrument and often act as the performance standards’ basis.
This timeline is very vital since it gives a picture of the time needed for the program and the activities that will take place at various periods. Following it will ensure that the program is completed within the expected period. As is evident from the timeline, there is adequate time for every activity, which will promote proper preparations and adjustments if needed. The timeline will be made available to all the concerned parties before the program begins so that their views can be considered.
The research will consume more time since it will form the foundation of the entire program (Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer, 2012). Investing in a high-quality and detailed research will ensure that all the issues connected to medication errors are revealed, which will lead to proper approaches for solving the matter. Again, more time will be needed to have the personnel hired and trained. Therefore, qualified and competent personnel will be put on board for the training, which will enhance the awareness creation. Disseminating the results will also take more time so that all stakeholders can see the essence of this matter (Fertman & Allensworth, 2010).
3.3. Explanation of the value of using a timeline as a programming tool for your SPP
One of the hugest value of using a timeline is its ability of boiling down multiple tasks into a solitary document. Consequently, all the stakeholders in a firm can easily comprehend different teams’ place in the process and at the same time, grasp how independent elements interact for project completion. Second, timelines enhance communication where they can replace meetings as well as promote other status updates. By simply expounding chart positions, managers can ensure an easy, visual way of helping the team members comprehend task progress. There is also the aspect of motivation where some team members or teams are more effective if facing some kind of external motivation. Teams are offered the ability to concentrate on urgent tasks and work habits can be plugged into the general project schedule (Krisberg, 2012).
Another value is coordination where resource schedulers and project managers have a benefit in the ability of sequencing events as well as minimizing the likelihood of overburdening the team members. Some managers even utilize combinations of charts so that activities are broken down into sets of tasks that are more manageable. At times, lack of resources or time forces teams and project managers to seek creative solutions. A view of how personal tasks intertwine on a timeline often promotes new collaborations and partnerships that may have not evolved under the conventional task assignment systems.
Timelines also promote time management as there is scheduling, particularly in creative environments (Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer, 2012). Assisting teams to comprehend the general effect of project delays fosters stronger collaboration and encourages better task organization. Again, offering a realistic project’s view helps team members to adjust to changes and recover from setbacks. There is also the benefit of externalizing assignments where after visualizing the pieces of the puzzle, managers can engage in more focused and effective decisions about resources. Another benefit is the team members’ ability to leverage the deadlines for others for maximum efficiency. Visualizing resource usage as a project goes on permits managers to use things, places, and people more efficiently. using timelines during critical projects permits participants and project managers to track progress, as well as highlight both successes and major failures.
3.4. Timeline for your SPP
Cook County Bureau of Health Services. (2012). Sample grant budget: Year 01. Retrieved from http://www.cookcountyhhs.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/Proposed-Prelim-Budget-09-28-11.pdf
Fertman, C. I., & Allensworth, D. D. (Eds.). (2010). Health promotion programs: From theory to practice. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
Krisberg, K. (2012). Budget cuts straining capacity of public health departments: Services in demand. Retrieved from http://thenationshealth.aphapublications.org/content/40/4/1.2.full
Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012i). Programming tools. Baltimore, MD: Author.