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QUESTIONS FOR PROBLEM-SOLVING PROPOSALS

 

Definition of a Problem: A situation, issue, policy, or practice this is difficult and perplexing but can be improved or solved. 

 

• What is a current situation, policy, practice that you see as a problem?

 

• How do you know the current situation, practice, or policy is not beneficial ?

 

• Can it be improved, changed, eliminated? How do you know?

 

BACKGROUND

 

Extent: Who/what does the problem hurt? In what way?When? For how long? With what results?  

• Evidence that negative results are caused by this problem?

 

Origin: When did the problem start? 

• Evidence of its origin?

 

Causes: What are some of the causes of the problem?

• Evidence that these are the causes?
• Evidence that these are the only or even chief causes?\

 

Attempts at Solutions: Has anyone before tried to solve this problem here or elsewhere? When? How? With what effect?

• Lessons learned from past attempts?
• Lessons learned from solutions to similar problems?

 

 

 

STATEMENT OF NEED

 

• What is your proposed solution?
• Why did you choose it over alternative solutions?
• If your solution is accepted, what benefits will be gained. By whom? How soon?

 

 

 

PLAN OF ACTION

 

• What steps need to be taken to get ready to start putting your proposed solution into effect?

 

• What people need to be involved in planning the implementation of the solution?

 

• What steps need to be taken to implement your solution?

 

• What materials/equipment will be needed to accomplish each step?

 

• What facilities (space, utilities) will be needed at each step? How will they be used? For how long?

 

• What people will need to be involved at each step of the implementation? What will they need to know and do? For how long?

 

BUDGET

 

• How much will it cost for the people needed? How do you arrive at the total?

 

• How much will it cost for the materials/equipment? How do you arrive at the total?

 

• How much will it cost for facilities? How do you arrive at the total?

 

• What other direct costs will there be? How do you know?

 

• What are indirect costs (time lost by personnel; health benefits; insurance for equipment; unexpected delays)?

 

• What will be the total cost? How do you arrive at the total?

 

• How will this proposal be funded? Direct sources? Indirect sources? Evidence for availability of the needed funds?

 

SCHEDULE

 

• How long would it take to plan to start implementing the proposed solution?

 

• How did you arrive at this answer?

 

• How long will it take to have the proposed solution approved?

 

• How did you arrive at this answer?

 

 

EVALUATION

 

• What method of monitoring progress will you use?

 

• What method of evaluation of success/failure will you use?

 

 

CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

 

• What are the reasons in favor of implementation (summarized)?

 

• What is the group’s recommendation?

 

ILLUSTRATIONS

 

• Most helpful choices?

 

• Correct label, title, and arrangement?

 

• Introduced and interpreted in text?

 

APA MATTER

 

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