What to Evaluate?
For the course project, I choose Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). It is a social program that seeks to enhance human behavior for needy families (Administration for Children and Families (ACF), 2019). In the evaluation of the program, the focus would be on several outcomes. First, the evaluation would focus on the achievement of the program goals. The outcomes would be the number of children being taken care of in their homes, the employment rate among needy parents, incidences of out-of-wedlock pregnancies, and the number of families made of two parents.
The focus would also be on the allocation of resources for the program, dependency of needy parents in the program, and public satisfaction. Evaluating these outcomes would determine of the program is successful or improvement is needed (Royse et al., 2016). For example, higher satisfaction levels from the needy families as well as the public would suggest the program is effective while lower levels would suggest that the program needs some changes. Also, a high dependency rate on the government by needy parents would suggest that the program needs some improvement.
Another area that would gain attention is the costs and benefits of the program. The cost, in this case, includes money used in funding the program. The benefits would include returns for the needy families as well as for the US government. In evaluating the program, a cost analysis should be included. The program should be evaluated in terms of total benefits and total costs. The results would help justify the program or call for some changes (Royse et al., 2016). For example, if benefits are greater than costs, the program would be justified and endorsing the decision to continue funding it. If the program costs the government more, then changes should be implemented.
Administration for Children and Families (ACF) (2019). About TANF. Retrieved from https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ofa/programs/tanf/about
Royse, D., Thyer, B. A., & Padgett, D. K. (2016). Program evaluation: An introduction to an evidence-based approach (6th ed.). Boston, MA: Cengage.