For any complex social problem, there are typically a number


For any complex social problem, there are typically a number of different strategies that could be implemented to address it and prevent its recurrence. However, it is rarely possible to implement all of the strategies at once given that resources are often scarce. Therefore, it is important to know how to prioritize which strategies to implement first.

Suppose, for example, you are interested in creating an afterschool tutoring program to address poor academic performance among students in your community. You might want to meet with stakeholders to develop a curriculum, lease a building where the tutoring will occur, purchase computers and tablets, hire tutors, arrange for afterschool snacks, and so on. Before signing a lease and making any large purchases, it would make sense to develop a curriculum and pilot the program among a small number of students. If the pilot is successful, then the next step might be to lease a building and hire tutors.

In this Discussion, you will prioritize strategies that would address the social problem you chose for your Final project and prevent its recurrence. 

To Prepare

  • Review the Learning Resources on prioritizing strategies. Consider the instructions and examples for prioritizing strategies when planning a community needs assessment.
  • Reflect on the social problem that you chose for the Final Project. Then, complete the Prioritizing Strategies Worksheet (Parts I and II) located in the Learning Resources. 

By Day 4

Post a brief description of the social problem that you selected for your Final Project. Then, describe the top five strategies that you prioritized to address the problem and prevent its recurrence. Explain your reasoning for prioritizing these strategies, including how the time and resources it would take to implement each strategy influenced your decision making.   

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