Determining the potential benefits, costs, and value of a potential capstone project to the organization requires a thoughtful comparison of the benefits and costs, an analysis of project features as value considerations, and the development of anticipated measurable outcomes.

Complete a critical analysis of a potential doctoral capstone project and make final recommendations, based on the project’s benefits, costs, and value to the organization.

The assignment requirements, outlined below, correspond to the scoring guide criteria, so be sure to address each main point. Read the performance-level descriptions for each criterion to see how your work will be assessed. In addition, note the additional requirements for document format, length, and supporting evidence.

Substantiate the prospect of a potential capstone project to mitigate the negative effect of an organizational challenge.
Explain how the project will mitigate the negative effect of the challenge on the organization and/or a population.
Discuss the project’s potential to facilitate improvements for the larger industry and other populations and organizations.
Substantiate the potential of the project to improve current, publicly reported metrics, compared to benchmarks.
Critically analyze the benefits of a potential capstone project to the organization and/or a population.
Describe anticipated, improved project outcomes.
Describe the benefits of the project relative to the organization’s performance, quality, mission, and goals or outcomes for a population.
Critically analyze the potential costs and benefits of the project to the organization.
Critically analyze a potential capstone project’s value to the organization and/or a population.
Discuss aspects of the project that could potentially require the organization to dedicate energy, staff, time, and financial resources.
Describe ways in which approvable mentee capstone practicum activities can minimize the costs to the organization.
Summarize the features of the project that will provide benefit to the organization and/or a population.
Make recommendations for a potential doctoral capstone project, based on its benefits, costs, and value to the organization and/or a population.
Present an argument for the project, based on its benefits, costs, and value to the organization and/or a population.
Weigh both the positive and negative aspects of the project.
Substantiate that the benefits of the project outweigh the costs, or that the costs outweigh the benefits.
Recommend next steps in communicating with the preceptor and site leaders on the project’s potential.
Organize content so ideas flow logically with smooth transitions.
Support main points, assertions, arguments, conclusions, or recommendations with relevant and credible evidence.
Assess the relevance and credibility of information sources.
Additional Requirements
Format: Format your paper using APA style. Use the APA Style Paper Template [DOCX]. An APA Style Paper Tutorial [DOCX] is also provided to help you in writing and formatting your paper. Be sure to include:
A title page and reference page. An abstract is not required.
A running head on all pages.
Appropriate section headings.
Length: Your paper should be 3–4 pages in length, not including the title page and reference page.
Supporting evidence: Cite at least two current and relevant peer-reviewed studies. Provide in-text citations and references in APA format.
Proofreading: Proofread your document, before you submit it, to minimize errors that could distract readers and make it more difficult for them to focus on the substance of your paper.
Portfolio Prompt: Save your paper to your ePortfolio. You’ll need to readily access it and share it with your preceptor and leaders at the site, if needed, to support a topic or use it as a foundation for evaluating a different organizational challenge as the topic for a capstone project.

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