HSM 270 Week 9 Final Project - Program Summary
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Program Summary Program Summary University of Phoenix HSM 270 Program Summary Human services are meant to fulfill the dreams and hopes of people who cannot quite reach their goals. The goals in mind have an extremely wide variety of needs that are to be fulfilled or assisted. Several organizations key in their focus on assisting homeless people with food and shelter, to providing extra support for rent so more people don’t see themselves on the streets, and even includes anything that is designed to enrich the community to provide a place for their inhabitants to go. The Santa Rosa Philharmonic Youth Symphony is a musical program that enables the younger crowd to have an open shot at a musical opportunity. The program is a very high priority to the Santa Rosa area, as they cherish music in their community and wish to preserve and maintain its program. This symphony is one of many keys that can open the door to success in the younger generations. Musical education is not only used to enrich the community with touring programs and performances, it is also effective in educating and advancing the skills of younger children by helping them to become educated leaders who have a love, respect, and appreciation for music and how its programs can aid the community. The Santa Rosa Philharmonic Youth Symphony is on the downward path to total elimination of elementary musical education for their younger students, therefore the program is limited to high school and college age students. Knowing the importance of a thorough education, many of the staff members are afraid the children will lose sight of their musical abilities and will not appreciate the program by the time they reach high school. Parents in the community also are worried their children will lose interest and are afraid the program will become obsolete. Taking a step back to look at the community, it is important to assess what they enjoy, as they are the ones who will be supporting the symphony. Since the SRPYS is a program for Program Summary school aged children, it does more than provide a musical education for them, it also keeps them busy, with a hobby, and off the streets. Since many youth keep true to the phrase “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop” it is important to have a strong program that they can take a part of and have a hobby to make themselves better as a musician, a person, and a student. It is important to see what the community is like with the program, to assess how the students would be if there was no program, and how it would affect the soundness of the community with or without. When evaluating the Santa Rosa Philharmonic Youth Symphony, it is important to look at the processes the program plan is going through to make sure they will be effective. Does the program provide a certain number of days and hours per day the students can practice together? How many teachers are dedicating their after school time to better the student’s talents? Questions like these will draw out quantitative and qualitative data and allow the evaluator to document whether or not the program is appropriate and acceptable for the community, and also if it is working hard enough to get the desired results in the end. To determine whether the program is making any process, the staff should be evaluated extensively by documenting how often they meet, how many staff members are new, and to what extent they are trained. This will uncover the truth to whether or not they are prepared for the curriculum of the program’s plans. Process evaluations are taken care of through staff interviews, questionnaires, and other surveys. The progress of the program relies heavily on the input received from the questionnaires. If the staff is not doing a good enough job, the parents will know through their children, and this step is vital to improving on any needs or problems that are not being met. The timelines are also being considered when doing an evaluation, and Program Summary since evaluations show areas that need to be improved, it is important to have a team with a backup plan of a way to better implement the program to reach its goals in a shorter timeline. The process evaluation of the Santa Rosa Philharmonic Youth Symphony keeps a close eye on the staff and what they are doing to better the music careers for their young musicians, how the community is responding to the time dedicated to the new program, and at the same time keeping the project’s goals, objectives, and cost analysis’ in mind. The focus of the process evaluation is to make sure that the needs and problems statements that were generated in the beginning are being met. The problems of the youth symphony can easily be turned around with the right amount of staff and programs receiving funds to produce. To make sure the Symphony passes all outcome evaluations, it is important to make sure the programs are all dedicated to a strong outcome of a strong symphony that is well practiced, performs well, and receives community appreciation. The outcomes of the music programs need to focus on the support of the community and whether they were affected by the powerful movement of the symphony, whether every supporter in the community was able to enjoy the performances, and whether or not the program is capable of replicating another program for the community to enjoy. To achieve success in evaluating the Youth Symphony, I believe the evaluations should both be internal and external. I think an empowerment evaluation would be the best for the symphony because their ratings are based on performances and community involvement. I also think when an insider is focusing their time and dedication to better the performance of a student they will understand firsthand the improvement of the individual. However, since the evaluation is of the entire program and not solely focused on one individual, I believe it is more Program Summary effective to get an outside evaluation done. An outside evaluator is less likely to be sensitive to feelings of the people because they are less personally connected to them and therefore are less sensitive to hurting the feelings of the program. An outsider can provide critical instructional feedback to allow the program room for growth and improvement. A few ways the empowerment evaluations would work could be that the students would be given handouts to take home to their parents to evaluate their child’s recent behavioral, performing, and academic performances. Using people who are close to the program are helpful, and it is a good idea because they know inside information and they are familiar with how everything works. However, I think that if you decide to do an internal evaluation, it is important to evaluate the staff first to make sure they are not going to be corrupt in their analysis. People take great personal offense to their programs, and if you ask them to find out the problems with their program, they may not provide you with the full honest truth. With that being said, I believe an external evaluator would be better suited for the program. I believe the evaluator should focus on giving a projectwide evaluation because the evaluation includes the big picture and the big idea. Since the main idea of the program is to get the children to perform and receive recognition for their performances, it is important to take a step back and see if the performances are reaching maximum potential. All the questions of the evaluators will be focused on the big picture and overlook the minor details. Since evaluations are important and can only go one way, I believe it would be important for the staff to focus more on the objectiveoriented goals than the evaluators. Since the evaluators are looking to see if the objectives and goals have been met, it is the job of the staff to Program Summary make sure the accomplishments are being met by reinforcing rewards to their students when they accomplish an objective. Evaluations are also detrimental to see if the program is going to provide a payback to any grants taken out to help the program get started. A budget line showing how much each staff member will make in the fiscal year, along with the program costs, material costs, any costs or repairs to instruments or lessons to students, as well as venues to perform shows in will be important to demonstrate to a grantor and to include in a program proposal. The cost of education per student should be taken into consideration to allow the Youth Symphony to know how many students will be allowed into the band by doing tryouts. With a demonstration of the budget, the program proposal will include how much money it will spend, and how much it plans to make in the fiscal year. Evaluations are also detrimental to see if the program is going to provide a payback to any grants taken out to help the program get started. A budget line showing how much each staff member will make in the fiscal year, along with the program costs, material costs, any costs or repairs to instruments or lessons to students, as well as venues to perform shows in will be important to demonstrate to a grantor and to include in a program proposal. The cost of education per student should be taken into consideration to allow the Youth Symphony to know how many students will be allowed into the band by doing tryouts. With a demonstration of the budget, the program proposal will include how much money it will spend, and how much it plans to make in the fiscal year. Program Summary To continue topnotch performance, a good way to continue optimal results is to have individual performances for students to have chair tryouts so they can determine which students are practicing the hardest, and which students deserve to sit at the front of the row and become leaders. I also think that reinforcing good behavior with fun musical reward days would be a rewarding treat for the hard work that the young students and staff have all put forth. The Santa Rosa Philharmonic Youth symphony is a very great program for these children to follow. I believe that if this program loses funding, the community will be devastated and they will lose a lot of diversity in their culture. By working together, keeping this program funded is a goal we should all keep in mind as we are trying to better the lives of these children and their families, as well as fulfill a lifetime of success for themselves, their community, and their families.
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