Healthcare Program/Policy Evaluation Analy
The role of nurses throughout healthcare program and policy evaluation is vital to our role as change agents within our communities. As nurses we participate in the evaluation process every time we go to work, assess our patients, and then partake in delivery of care. If we want to our voices to be heard we must be willing to take our evaluation skills to the next level. We must ask ourselves tough questions about whether the healthcare programs we are providing are meeting the needs of patients, their families, and communities. We must evaluate the healthcare program goals and outcomes to help determine whether it remains fiscally responsible and continues to meet a need in the population it aims to serve. Ultimately, we cannot blindly accept that the presence of a program validates its success. We must be willing and able to take personal action to ensure patients receive the highest quality of healthcare each and every day. The purpose of this paper is to present an evaluation of the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) program with respect to it’s background, goals, outcomes, success, costs and related nursing advocacy opportunities.
The healthcare program evaluated for the purposes of this paper was the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF). During the course of research for this paper it was challenging to find all of the data for completion of the above table. The background, data, goals, and outcomes were not presented in a comprehensive way that made evaluation clear and concise. As research carried on it became apparent why being involved in program evaluation in person and in real time is imperative to success of the evaluation process. While evaluation of this program was challenging it was meaningful in that the impact of this program over the last 25 years became obvious. The PSSF program is proof that programs can withstand the test of time as long as modifications can be made along the way to continue to best meet the needs of the target population and take into account the evolving desires of the key stakeholders.
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