Funding application arguing for a new service for example an additional clinician, sessional funding for a group, client information materials, an internet intervention. Please choose a health problem or illness that you are unfamiliar with and was not the topic of your first assignment.
Make sure you present
1. a concise description of what you plan to do,
2. an argument or justification for why your intervention is a good idea, is practical, and should be funded for a trial period, and
3. describe an evaluation that should lead to results that would convince your administrators to continue funding in the future
Please submit your assignment in the format of a funding proposal: a Synopsis, Aims and Objectives, Background literature review, Implementation Plan, Evaluation Plan, References and Budget. A sample form will be provided later in the semester via ilearn.
Synopsis: An abstract or brief overview of the aims, background, and methods you propose. This needs to include the main features of each of these areas and is marked for conciseness.
Aims and Objectives: What specifically does your project aim to achieve. Remember methods are not aims! (“The aim is to run a support group for Spina Bifida” no! that’s a proposed method of achieving and aim such as improved quality of life or increased social connections). These need to be achievable and to match what it is you measure in your evaluation plan.
Background Literature Review: A review of existing literature on the target problem leading to a justification for your specific program. This section should include: i) brief discussion of the medical aspects (facts and figures) of the problem, ii) brief theoretical coverage of the psychological factors involved in the problem, iii) discussion and brief review of programs (especially Australian) that have been established to address the problem. Show that there are important gaps that your proposal will fill. Refer to state and federal health goals, targets & priority areas to reinforce your case. Remember you are presenting an argument for why this intervention is important and worthy of funding.
I expect these first three sections to be very well executed.
Implementation plan: A specific plan of what you are going to do and for how you will implement the intervention. You need to explain the rationale for each aspect of your intervention. That is, you need to address why that sample was targeted, how you propose accessing the target group (if applicable), specific methods used for the intervention (e.g. the types of issues to be addressed, type of medium to convey intervention), and why each component was included. Ensure that all aspects of intervention design are covered.
Evaluation Plan: A specific plan for how you would evaluate the intervention you are proposing. As this is not a course on evaluation you don't have to develop anything fancy here but what you propose should be in keeping with the literature you review. It is unlikely that a randomised controlled trial is appropriate. Remember this is not a research proposal or grant application. Be sure that you measure progress towards the aims you set.
References: Follow the instructions that accompany the grant format you are using.
Budget: Try to be realistic but I expect that you will not have much experience writing budgets for funding so I will be marking this section fairly generously.