The first step of the data analytics lifecycle is to identify the problem. For this assignment, you, along with your project group, will identify a specific issue to look at for your course project and plan how you will use data to examine it.
Return to the scenario of the Homeless Teen Program run by the Riverbend City Community Action Center (CAC), presented in the course project overview. The main goal of the Homeless Teen Program is to help the teens find stable and secure housing (whether that is with their families or in the child welfare system). The program is successful: 83 percent of the teens have stable housing in less than one year of coming to the program. However, the director and staff of the Homeless Teen Program feel their success lies in their approach of addressing the underlying problems that led to homelessness in the first place, especially family problems.
The family intervention programs are expensive, so it is important to justify their expense (while they consider expanding them). The CAC would like the teens who cannot be reunited with their families to have their own residential program rather than rely on Riverbend City’s overburdened foster care system, but that is also expensive. There is no question the CAC would like to receive another grant from Helping Hands, so they want to demonstrate that their focus on family intervention is important, but also consider funding their own residence for homeless teens. This means they need to provide more information than just establishing the percentage of teens who find stable housing.
The Homeless Teen Program staff has collected various types of data on the teen clients, including:
Note that this data is provided within the Riverbend City multimedia presentation.
Problem and Data Selection
The main problem that the Homeless Teen Program is addressing is homelessness, but your focus should be more specific. For example, you might choose to look at housing rates for a specific group of teens (such as LGBT teens, teens who have been victimized in sex trafficking, or suicidal teens) or look at the housing rates for teens who participate in specific programs (for example, family reunification programs, mental health treatment programs, or substance abuse treatment programs).
With your group, select one of the problem areas listed below to examine for your course project: The problem we picked is highlighted:
After you have identified a question (a problem), identify the data provided in the scenario that you will use to learn more about the problem. You need at least one type of qualitative data and one type of quantitative data.
Note: You may think of another question to ask, as long as sufficient qualitative and quantitative data is provided by the Riverbend City scenario to address it. See if the data is available, and, if it is, contact your instructor to get feedback on whether or not your proposed question can be answered given the data available. Remember that you will need both qualitative and quantitative data.
After you and your group have identified the problem and the data that you will utilize, each of you must write your assignment individually. The assignment should be presented in three sections:
Identify your problem, explain it, and provide a rationale for why it is important to learn more about, in light of the scenario. Why would Helping Hands want to know about this issue? In Unit 3/Discussion 1 there are two questions to answer.
Potential Problem 1: Are LGBT teens more likely to be rejected by their families and kicked out of their homes compared to other groups of teens. Is there a difference between LGBT teens and other teens in terms of reported levels of family conflict after participating in the family treatment program? Potential Problem 2: For teens involved in the juvenile justice system, was there a difference in levels of family conflict for those who received legal support verse those who did not?
Briefly describe your group collaboration process and how it contributed to your understanding of the problem as well as the data needed.
What are two potential problems that your group could focus on? Our answer: Potential Problem 1: Are LGBT teens more likely to be rejected by their families and kicked out of their homes compared to other groups of teens. Is there a difference between LGBT teens and other teens in terms of reported levels of family conflict after participating in the family treatment program? Potential Problem 2: For teens involved in the juvenile justice system, was there a difference in levels of family conflict for those who received legal support verse those who did not?
This assignment should be 2–4 pages long. It should be well organized, free of mechanical writing errors, and in APA format.