What is a Program Description?
A program description, identifies:
- The resources that go into the program.
- The program's activities.
- The participants or people the program is designed to reach.
- The intended outcomes.
These elements are often displayed in the form of a diagram called a "logic model." Logic models are discussed later in this section.
Involving stakeholders in the description of your program will help everyone have a common understanding and agreement of the program and what it will accomplish.
There are factors beyond the program itself that influence its success—things within an organization, a community, or the broader environment; in other words, its context. Some examples are:
- Turnover in organizational or community leadership.
- The political climate.
- Changes in the population.
- Changes in economic conditions.
- Startup or discontinuation of similar or competing programs.