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Outline Program Plan (Written Report)
As a health services manager, you have been asked to submit an outline program proposal to the
Board of Executives to fully utilise a grant of AUD$150 000 recently received by your organisation.
DIABETIC DISEASE IN AUSTRALIA. You must provide sufficient information to enable the
organisation’s Board of Executives to understand the rationale for the program and the activities
required to design, implement and evaluate the program including any additional data that would need
to be collected. Based on your outline plan, the Board of Executives should be able to determine
whether the benefits delivered by the program are justified given the effort, resources, risk factors and
dependencies that you have identified.
As the program is hypothetical, you may make any assumptions you like. However, you need to state
any assumptions that you make very clearly (for example regarding the scope or type of services to
be provided, the target group, the area in which it will be implemented).
Remember, the aim of this
assignment is to develop an outline plan for a program based on existing data available.
NOT required to develop a complete program plan or to collect any additional data as part of this
Your outline program plan should be presented to a professional standard that can be submitted to
the Board of Executives, including an executive summary, introduction, situation analysis,
implementation plan including timeline, evaluation strategy, budget and resources, and a risk analysis
including suitable management strategies.
Your program plan should include the following information and headings:
Short title for the healthcare program
Executive summary (or Synopsis) (up to 300 words)
• Describe the proposed healthcare program, the healthcare issues it will address, its
evaluation and potential benefits
List all your main headings
Introduction to the program (200 words)
Rationale (300-700 words)
Outline the current situation, justifying the need for the program, why the program should be
done, and should be done by this organisation. Include relevant graphs and tables if
Describe any data you have consulted, for example:
Mortality (e.g. number of deaths per 100,000)
Morbidity (e.g. number of cases per 100,000)
Trends (e.g. changes in rate over the last 10-20 years)
Distribution (gender, race, geographical, etc)
Identify existing or emerging internal and external environmental factors which may affect the
program (e.g. organisational, political, economic, cultural, existing programs)
Speculate on likely future issues which should be considered
Identify stakeholders who should be consulted or involved in the program
Review the competitive environment in which the program will be implemented.
Describe any additional data that needs to be collected in order to complete a feasibility
assessment for the program. Describe how additional data will be collected.
• Include details of the target group (e.g. age, sex, ethnic background, SES status, numbers)
who will benefit from the program.
Goals and Objectives
Write an overall program goal
Write up to 3 SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-bound) objectives
for the program which may be used to evaluate the program.
Your objectives should indicate in specific and measurable terms what outcomes and
impacts you expect to achieve.
• List and briefly describe the main program activities you will implement in order to achieve
your program objectives.
Note: Remember this assignment represents an outline program plan. Therefore, your
description of activities should be brief.
• Provide a Gantt or other suitable chart showing the main stages and activities of the program
matched to a realistic timeframe. Highlight any dependencies.
Evaluation (200 words)
• Briefly describe how you will measure the achievement of your program objectives. What
indicators will be used to evaluate if the program was successful?
Budget and Resources
• List the budget items (e.g. equipment, human resources, training, etc) associated with
implementing the program plan along with a justification for each expenditure
• Describe the resources (human resources, technical resources, materials, physical space,
etc) which will be needed
• Identify any resources that will need to be sourced from outside the organisation.
• Based on already introduced material, provide a risk management table identifying major risk
factors, assessing their potential impact, and suggesting management strategies to eliminate
or mitigate this impact
• Include a list of references cited in the proposal, e.g. for the Rationale or Program Activities.
Reference any existing resources that will be used to implement the program.
Assignment Marking Criteria
Performance Indicator Possible
The program plan is presented in a professional format and is of an appropriate academic
standard – spelling, grammar and referencing are correct, with appropriate executive summary and
introduction. There is page numbering, a table of contents and correctly cited reference list.
The situation analysis appropriately justifies the program, with a comprehensive feasibility
assessment including all internal and external factors that may affect the success of the program
The program goal is appropriate, and objectives are specific, measurable, achievable, realistic,
The program activities (including evaluation) relate to the program goals and objectives and are
scheduled according to a realistic timeline
The budget and resources required to implement the program plan are accounted for
comprehensively and presented in a suitable format
The major risk factors are identified, with appropriate strategies to reduce their potential impact 10
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