Develop a process evaluation plan for a Autism Spectrum Disorders caregivers support group that includes the minimal elements listed below. Review the resource “Workbook for Designing a Process Evaluation” (Attached). The response should include peer reviewed references.
◦A description of the key program elements
◦A description of the strategies that the program uses to produce change
◦A description of the needs of the target population
◦An explanation of why a process evaluation is important for the program
◦A plan for building relationships with the staff and management
◦Broad questions to be answered by the process evaluation
◦Specific questions to be answered by the process evaluation
◦A plan for gathering and analyzing the information
Process Evaluation Plan: Island Autism Moms and Dads & TACA
The Island Autism Moms and Dads (IAM), according to their blog (IAM, 2015), “is a group of Moms and Dads from Bainbridge Island, Washington, coming together to focus on hope, inspiration, perseverance, and support towards progress and recovery of our children with Autism. Our group was formed in October 2007. We meet once a month to talk, listen, learn, laugh and nurture hope.” They are a local organization in the state of Washington associated with Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) which is an NGO (TACA, 2015), ” dedicated to educating, empowering and supporting families affected by autism.” Like TACA, IAM is a support group for aimed at helping families who have just recieved the diagnosis of autism for one or more of their children, to help them cope with the challenges as well as to help them find means and resources to cope with and speed up effective treatments. Additionally, they are also a source of support for families living with autism as through them, they connect families and professionals who can provide help and support by encouraging discourse, sharing of experiences and information aimed at bettering the quality of life not just for members of families suffering from autism but for their family members too.
IAM local blog – www.islandautismmoms.blogspot.com
TACA website – http://talkaboutcuringautism.org/
Program Elements and Strategies
This process evaluation plan, to get to the functionality of this particular framework of autism support will be looking at IAM as a local iteration of the support groups encouraged by, as well as embedded within the framework of TACA. This is because TACA’s success at instigating relationships between parents of autistic children and organizations and resources that can help them is only successful if it reaches at grassroots level. In this case, it is the families either newly recieved with the d…