One Page Long (275 words).
One of the most important sections of any proposal is the section that explains the rationale and significance. In this homework exercise, you will evaluate this section of a proposal.
(Directions: Read through the example sections provided below. The first is a successful example of a rationale and significance statement; the second is not as successful. Note the difference. Then, find a proposal online that contains a rationale and significance statement (or some version of it), post a link to the proposal, and then evaluate the content of this particular section. Does is successfully fulfill the requirements of this section? Use the Tebeaux (page 228-229) text as a guide).
Successful rationale and significance statement:
A 1999 report from the New York State Department of Health showed that the Town of Libraryfield ranked among the worst in the state over a 3-year average for infant mortality, low birth weight and premature births, late entry into prenatal care, unmarried parents, teen pregnancies, and poverty. An Everywhere County Prenatal Focus Group report revealed that communication by families and doctors is generally poor. There is a need for information on: childbirth education opportunities, support services, childbirth preparation, breastfeeding, sibling preparation for a new baby, and postpartum depression. The focus group indicated that the public library could be helpful in directing new parents to resources and materials. In order to meet this need, the library proposes a grant program to expand collections and programs by linking for the first time with family practitioners and the Libraryfield Memorial Hospital to reach expectant and post-partum mothers and their children.
Explanation: This is a good example of a rationale and significance statement. The author first references the community problem through a report by a state organization and then mentions findings from a local committee. A focus group in the planning stages is providing information regarding the target population and their needs. It is important to note where you get the information â€“ a documented problem has more weight than a general observation by one person. There is a clear definition of the problem: there is not a dissemination of information about pregnancy into the community, and there is a clear role for the library. This project naturally fulfills a libraryâ€™s mission statement of providing information to the community. There is mention of appropriate partners that work directly with the target population.
Problematic rationale and significance statement:
Libraryfield is an economically depressed community with many people out of work. In the past, this community has been a thriving little town but with many industries moving out there is a large segment of the population who need help. Libraryfield has a population of teen mothers living in poverty. The library can help this population by providing services. The library will expand their family services collection by 1,500 titles dealing with pregnancy needs. The library and its partners will also offer eight programs over the grant year dealing with such pregnancy topics as: breastfeeding, prenatal care, post-partum depression and more. The addition of a grant-funded staff member to coordinate efforts with the local medical field will make the project a success.
Explanation: This needs statement can be improved. The author should cite how the community problem of teen pregnancy was discovered. Is this from a report or survey? The needs statement should focus on the target population and why they need services. Be brief in the description of the project â€“ the bulk of the information will go in the project description section of the narrative.