Carefully read through all components (listed below) required for completion of the Research Project. In selecting your project topic, ensure that you will be able to ascertain the appropriate data/information needed to complete the project in terms of the deliverables.
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Select a health care organization (local or national, large or small, public or private) and perform a needs assessment/gap analysis. You may utilize your own organization if you are employed in a health care related company. You may approach the Research Project from a (1) Human Resources, (2) Operations, or (3) Facilities perspective. You may select an organization in your own community.
1.Human Resources: staffing, training, recruitment, retention, job function redesign, etc.
2.Operations: delivery of service/care, access, wait times, equipment usage, process improvements, resource optimization, regulatory compliance, etc.
3.Facilities: space planning, construction, redesign, relocation.
The components for the Research Project include the following:
II.Executive Summary (Needs Content Criteria)
III.Description of the organization (history, length in service/operation, how many beds? clients served? location; rural vs. urban, satellite locations, total number of staff, client usage information/demographics, etc.)
IV.Needs Assessment/Gap Analysis: What is not currently being offered? Room for improvements? Service delivery deficits? Personnel issues/shortages? Justify with supporting data and statistics.
V.Propose an intervention (service or facility) based on the needs/gap analysis.
VI.Justify your proposed intervention by providing an analysis from:
VII.Pick a minimum of three of the elements listed above depending on the organization selected and which apply to the specific organization/situation selected.
VIII.Create a plan to implement your intervention. Identify the stakeholders involved, and their role (s) in implementing the intervention. Include finance and staffing elements required to implement the intervention.
IX.Develop a marketing communication plan on how the stakeholders will be informed, kept up-to-date, etc. prior to the intervention, during the intervention, and post intervention.
X.Develop a plan for measurement effectiveness of the intervention. What indicators will determine if the intervention is successful?
Writing the Research Project
The Research Project:
1.Must be 10 to 12 double-spaced pages in length, and formatted according to APA style
2.Must include a title page with the following:
a.Title of paper
c.Course name and number
3.Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
4.Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
5.Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
6.Must use at least ten scholarly and /or peer-reviewed sources, published within the last 5 years.
7.Must document all sources in APA style.
8.Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style as outlined
Carefully read through all “deliverables” (listed below) required for completion of the Capstone Project. In selecting your project topic, ensure that you will be able to ascertain the appropriate data/information needed to complete the project in terms of the deliverables. Your completed Capstone Project should be 10- to 12- pages in length excluding the title page and reference page. Prior to submission, please double check with the (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.Week 6 Assignment Grading Rubric (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site..
[Instructor’s Tips] Executive Summary is placed in the beginning of the report—before Introduction. Executive Summary should be concise and in 1 (to 2) paragraphs. Executive Summary explains why you wrote the report and emphasizes your conclusions or recommendations with needed supporting information. A good Executive Summary should not go over one page. There should have no in-text citation in Executive Summary.
Needs Assessment/Gap Analysis: You may conduct an internal analysis or other type(s) of analysis. The key is to identify the area(s) for improvement within your selected healthcare organization. A community needs assessment is not an assessment within your selected healthcare organization. Your research project does not ask you to solve the community issue. You don’t have to identify many issues/problems. One to three will be sufficient for you to complete your final project. Indeed, you could complete your research project with one key issue, such as shortage in healthcare providers, long wait time, ED overcrowding, and high readmission rate since there are plenty of peer-reviewed journal articles out there. Benchmarking the best practices from other healthcare organizations will be the best solution (intervention).
Propose an intervention: When you propose an intervention (solution) based on the needs/gap analysis, make sure that you justify your proposed intervention (solution) by providing an analysis from three of the following areas:
Create a plan to implement your intervention: Identify the stakeholders involved, and their role (s) in implementing the intervention. Make sure you include who will do what in this section.
Develop a marketing communication plan on how the stakeholders will be informed, kept up-to-date, etc. prior to the intervention, during the intervention, and post intervention. This section does not ask you to develop a marketing plan highlighting your marketing strategies. Rather, you should present a communication plan in which you describe how the stakeholders will be informed, kept up-to-date, etc. prior to the intervention, during the intervention, and post intervention.
Develop a plan for measurement effectiveness of the intervention. For this section, you need to present some indicators to measure the effectiveness of your proposed intervention (solution).
Finally, it would be great if you include a heading for each section. Please let me know what organization you have in mind because I have two which is UT Southwestern Hospital in Dallas or East Texas Medical Center Tyler. If neither on work let me know