Summary of Problem Statement and Project Synopsis

Since this whole executive summary is no more than one page in length, you need to describe your project in one or two paragraphs. This requires, not just a vague idea of what you intend to do, but a well-developed project that is completely thought through and has action steps to accomplish over a specific time frame. Of course you should never write a proposal until you have planned every aspect of your project. But this fact bears repeating. Simply put, you state the main ingredients of your project.

In one sentence—state the problem you are addressing. The following are examples:

• Our young people ages 12 to 19 have an increase in criminal activity that is tenfold what it was five years ago.

• The incidence of heart disease in our county is 80% higher than the state average.

• Our rural children have little exposure to classical studies and the arts because of the lack of community resources which hampers them when competing for entry to major colleges and universities.

After stating the problem, proceed to tell concisely what you intend to do about the problem. Have you designed a counseling and mentoring project? Is your project a community education, exercise and nutrition program? What are the key elements of your project and main focus?

The following shows examples of problem statements with an example project synopsis for each.

• Our young people ages 12 to 19 have an increase in criminal activity that is tenfold what it was five years ago.

Through a cooperative effort of the local sheriff's department, police department, school system, department of health and human services, and local churches, students at risk will be identified. Trained counselors and master social workers will be assigned to each group of ten children. Some counselors and social workers will be paid out of agency budgets, and some will be paid from the project budget. Each student will be assessed, using formal and proven tests and assessments. A team of professionals working directly with the child will create an individual development plan. This plan will include special classes, counseling, community volunteering, an assigned mentor, tutoring, family counseling, and supervision for all hours of the day.

• The incidence of heart disease in our county is 80% higher than the state average.

A county-wide free screening program will be available through all churches, schools, community centers, and clinics in the county so that screening is accessible to every person in the county. This will be accomplished over two months of weekdays and weekends. Those individuals that are found to be at risk will be invited to attend classes offered in the same locations as the screenings. These classes include: nutritional grocery buying, heart healthy cooking, home exercise techniques, and heart healthy lifestyle changes. Support groups will be set up for smokers who wish to stop, couch potatoes, and those with depression or other emotional or physical issues that affect heart health. All community centers will be fitted with exercise equipment, a walking track, and licensed, qualified health professionals to monitor and guide each participant. Each week the churches will serve a heart-healthy meal to all participants free of charge and provide recipes.

• Our rural children have little exposure to classical studies and the arts because of the lack of community resources. This hampers them when competing for entry to major colleges and universities.

With the assistance of the state arts council, both state universities, and with virtual access through the Internet and via satellite, we plan to provide our students classes, lectures, arts experiences, and virtual laboratories for exploration and learning. Visiting artists will expose our students to various arts media and will be funded both by the state arts council and the university system. Classes in various aspects of the arts, including arts appreciation, piano, stringed instruments and wind instruments, will be provided by master's students through the university system during our summer program. Lectures will be sought from major museums and galleries throughout the region. We plan a dedicated arts lab with guided and supervised tours of all the major art centers in the United States and worldwide. Students will use a satellite system to take courses from our state universities and others across the country. Older students will prepare lessons to present to younger students.

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  • olle
    What should be the content of problem statement in project synopsis?
    6 months ago

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