Evidence-Based Project Proposal


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Assignment 3: Evidence-Based Project Proposal
Project Overview:
Title: Evidence Based Project-Proposal

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As the course progresses over the 11 weeks, learners will develop a scholarly project that demonstrates an application of evidence to practice for substantive change.
This project emphasizes critical appraisal and application of evidence-based research, scholarly writing, and critical thinking. The scholarly project will be
submitted as a written paper in APA format/style. In addition, learners will present a summary of the final project orally or by creating a PowerPoint presentation.
Learners will select one of the following types of projects related to their specific advanced role specialization and target population:
• Educational program
• Evidence-based healthcare policy change
• Evidence-based clinical issue or protocol
Overview of the Evidence Based Project (EBP):
In Week 1 of the course, students will identify an area of inquiry as a basis for practice change, and in Week 2, write their clinical question in PICOT format that
will drive the literature search.
Following approval of the practice change idea and the PICOT question by course faculty, in Week 3 students will begin their literature search and rapid critical
appraisal (RCA) using the RCA checklists available in Appendix D of the course text (Melynk & Fineout-Overholt, 2011) and in Word format. The Search Tracker may be
useful in organizing and tracking your search.

Your evidence review will be completed in Week 4, resulting in a finished Evaluation Table containing only the “keeper” studies.

In Week 5 you will synthesize the evidence to determine best evidence for your project. Faculty will continue to serve in the role of mentor as the student progresses
through the remaining steps of the project.

Weekly submissions will be used to monitor progress in the development of your proposal. It is recommended that upon receiving feedback from faculty on each section,
you revise your work and add that section to build your final paper. Doing so as you proceed through the course will avoid last-minute work.
When you began your study of evidence-based practice it was contrasted with the research process. The underlying goal of EBP is to appraise research and study its
application to specific patient populations in order to identify best practices. In order to accomplish this, what must be included within your project is a research
study. You will most likely compare pre-intervention data with post-intervention results. In some cases, statistical analysis will be necessary. Your proposal will
include plans for this study.
EBP Project Criteria
Students will prepare a formal project proposal using APA format. Below is an outline for the final paper with the weeks where this content will be covered. Each week
you will turn in parts of this outline as Dropbox assignments. The week each part will be due is indicated in the outline. After receiving feedback from faculty on
each part submitted, it is recommended that you begin building your paper, adding the pieces where they belong. Since you will not be implementing this project, the
results section has been omitted. This outline is consistent with the format used for journal articles when reporting results of evidence-based practice projects.
Criteria and organization of final paper
Part 1
• Introduction – Week 2
o Practice issue
o Summarize the practice issue in need of change providing background information about the organization (setting) and the perceived significance and severity of the
o Describe the specific aims of the project – what improved outcomes do you hope to achieve
• PICOT question – State your question in PICOT format, labeling each part with P-I-C-O-T in parentheses
• Significance – what is the significance of the issue in terms of poor outcomes, cost, etc.
Part 2 – Week 3. 4, & 5
• Evidence review and synthesis
o List the names of the databases you searched and if limited to a span of time, i.e., less than 5 years old
o Summarize “keeper” studies
o Summarize the synthesis of the body of evidence
Part 3 – Week 6
• Purpose of the project – include intervention
• Theoretical framework
• Clinical questions
Part 4 – Week 7
• Study design
• Setting/sample
• Confidentiality
• Procedure/intervention
• Instruments/scales and measurement of outcomes
• Data collection
Part 5 – Weeks 8 & 9
• Data analysis
• Outcomes expected
• Aligning stakeholders
• Evaluation Table – turned in Weeks 3 & 4
• Synthesis Table – turned in Week 5
The paper provides evidence of synthesis of coursework, professional writing, and graduate level scholarship.

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