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Program Planning and Evaluation Paper 1
Program Planning and Evaluation Paper
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HSM 270

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Human Services are based on timeless amounts of planning. It focuses on planning and
proposing programs designed to meet the needs of suffering people. Program planning provides
a frame of home by incorporating well defined goals and objectives. According to Yuen and
Taro, Program planning concerns all events that have taken place in the past as well as ones that
will happen. To find the concerns that begin the program planning process, it is a prerequisite to
do a needs or problems assessment. The assessments give human service workers good
direction to what areas need the most focus and what kind of help the people need most. (2003).
While planning a program, it is good to brainstorm all the possible avenues and outcomes of all
situations. Human service workers need to be prepared for all situations, and have feedback on
how well their programs are working. Typically, the next step in the program planning process is
to evaluate the program. It is necessary to have a program evaluation because it brings the
results to light. In order to meet the well defined goals and objectives of program planning, it is
essential for human service programs to have feedback on the effectiveness of the services they
are providing so they can continue to satisfy their consumers. Program evaluation is needed so
workers can remove anything from their program that was not needed, or add more attention to
another direction of the program. Yuen, and Taro explain that a program evaluation “measure[s]
and assess[es] the desirability and quality of the plan and its program.” (2003) Since the needs
of people are always changing, it is important to have a program plan with a frequent evaluation.
Evaluations can change the plans to better fit the ever-changing needs of the people.
For the Santa Rosa Philharmonic Youth Symphony, program planning and program
evaluations are both needed to make a successful turnout in students striving to have a successful
career in music. There is need for a plan to receive grants for performing art centers. Since the
grant qualifications are to have at least three touring companies, artists, or exhibitions that charge

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Program Planning and Evaluation Paper 3
fees per year; create local shows, and have an organization that is 2 years strong with one
professional staff member. To reach these qualifications, there would need to be a great amount
of planning. In order to plan this program, here would be need for a music staff committee that
could teach, instruct, and give private lessons to their music students. It would be necessary to
hire at least one professional who could give direction to the rest of the staff. In order to receive
the grants, there are many requirements. Some involve a budget which is included and not
limited to having a place to perform, having appropriate accommodations for guests attending,
having a way to advertise scheduled events, include a fair payroll for the workers, and having
appropriate materials to spread advertisement. A program evaluation would aid in making sure
that the needs of the community were met at the performance so they continue to support the
musical careers of the students, as well as providing feedback at what areas need to have a
greater focus on development. For instance, if more money is spent on advertising than any
other avenue in the proposed plan, and the displays and shows are nothing more than a poor
performance, the budget would need to be re-directed (or a new planned proposal would need to
be put into effect) to accommodate the expenses of a better trained professional staff member
who is highly accredited and more experienced at transforming learning children into great
musicians.
While working to reach the goals of this program, it is known that there will be technical
and political aspects. Netting, Kettner, and McMurty (1999) wrote in their book that, “political
means the process by which the organization obtains power and legitimacy. Economic means the
process by which the organization gets resources such as clients, staff and funding.” (p.219) I
believe to keep the political and economical goals producing a good program evaluation, it is
important to be sensitive to the feelings of people contributing to the cause. While working with

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