Components of a Proposal (Problem/Solution Essay)

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					Components of a Proposal (Problem/Solution Essay)

1. Executive Summary – a brief statement about the proposed
solution

The policy of scolding all teachers in the school when only a
handful of teachers are disobeying the policies lowers morale.
Instead, I propose that the administrative leaders of this school
discipline only those teachers who consistently break the rules.


2. Statement of Need – an explanation of the problem encountered
or the need for an improvement or change, which should be
detailed and thorough


3. Policy Description – a detailed, thorough description of your
proposed solution to the problem at hand. this section should
include the following:
     a. goals and objectives (what measurable outcome do you
want) For example: goal = improve morale, objective = reduce the
number of “disciplinary” emails to the entire faculty
     b. methods of implementation (how are you going to achieve
your outcome) This is a step-by-step process.
     c. staffing concerns (who is going to be in charge
administratively)
     d. evaluation (how will you decide if the program worked):
This is directly related to your measurable objective – you must
provide a way to decide if your program worked (such as, count
the # of emails sent in a 30-day period, then, after the new policy is
in place for 3 months, count the # of emails in a 30-day period
again. If the number significantly drops (by a certain %) then the
program succeeded.)
    e. sustainability (how will the program continue)
4. Summary – a reiteration of what you want



Begin a problem/solution/proposal essay, using the following
steps:
a. write a short statement that summarizes the problem and
the solution you propose,
b. write a paragraph that explains the need for the solution
(in other words, explain what is the wrong you are trying to
fix, why is it wrong, etc),
c. describe in detail the solution to this problem, looking at
all the different aspects/consequences of the problem and
the proposed solution (such as time, money, people, etc.),
d. if the proposal/solution is going to cost money, explain
how much it may cost and where the funds may be
procured,
e. explain how this proposal/solution will benefit others,
f. conclude with an overall summary.

				
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