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Part 3: Intervention
The third component of the group project is to generate consulting ideas (e.g., interventions) about the group you are studying. Imagine you are a third-party consultant invited to provide advice for improving the group’s communication processes. As an expert in group communication, your ideas for interventions should be informed by theory and research. The work you did in the Part 2 phase will help you come up with intervention ideas that are theoretically based and/or evidence-based.
How to Write Intervention Paper
Briefly describe the group you are studying and its weaknesses/problems. This paper should read as a stand-alone piece. Do not assume that the reader is already familiar with your Part 2 paper. Give a brief, easy-to-understand summary of the group’s problems.
Briefly describe the theories or concepts you are applying to analyze the problems. Again, give a brief, easy-to-understand summary of the theories of concepts you chose.
Present a specific and detailed plan of interventions based on theory and/or research that would help the group address the problems identified above and work more effectively. As highlighted above, two aspects of interventions are important.
First, interventions should be specific and detailed. For example, “encourage active participation by all members” is not specific nor detailed enough. Think about specific ways to encourage active participation by all members, given the specific context for the group. If you are studying a city council, is there a specific procedure or meeting structure that could encourage more people to participate actively? Come up with a detailed plan to execute this idea. Also, is there a particular rule or incentive a leader can adopt to encourage participation? Again, provide details about this idea so that the group you are studying can immediately adopt the plan. Note that these are just examples for illustration purposes. We encourage you to explore a wide variety of creative ideas.
Second, interventions should be based on theory and/or research. As you read research papers for Part 2, you can look for empirical evidence in the results section of these papers or practical implications in the discussion section. For example, if the group you study is experiencing groupthink, you may find research articles that test ways to minimize groupthink. The discussion section of such articles is a good place to check some practical recommendations one can adopt in real-world groups.
If appropriate, feel free to use tables, charts, or images to illustrate your interventions more effectively.
** I will attach “part 2” for reference ***
Does the paper offer a clear description of the group being studied and its problems?
Does the paper provide a clear description of the theories of concepts being used for analysis?
Does the paper present a specific and detailed plan of interventions for the group being studied using theory and/or research appropriately?
Are the sources appropriately cited and integrated?
Do all citations follow the APA style?
Are there any grammatical errors?
Is writing clear and coherent?
Are different members’ contributions well integrated and is the paper written cohesively?
Format & Style
Double-spaced, with 12-point font and 1-inch margins
3 to 5 page long excluding title page, reference page, charts, graphs, or images (if applicable)
Follow the APA style (7th edition). The APA style resources can be found here: https://owl.purdue.edu/owl/research_and_citation/apa_style/apa_formatting_and_style_guide/general_format.html
You may use the course readings as a source. However, you should cite other relevant material as well.
Sources should be appropriately cited in APA format (both in-text and on the reference page).