Critically Analyzing and Reviewing Organizational Challenges

Critically Analyzing and Reviewing Organizational Challenges

Critically Analyzing and Reviewing Organizational Challenges

  • Make the case that one organizational challenge best meets the criteria for a doctoral capstone project.
  • What You Need to Know: Learn what to look for in an organizational challenge to identify opportunities for a potential doctoral capstone project.



In determining whether the current climate of healthcare represents an opportunity for evidence-based improvement for my current organization, I would say that the pandemic has shined the light on patient safety and the Department of Defense health crisis. The current organization I am reviewing is the Defense Health Agency under which my facility the 23rd Medical Group falls under. There is sufficient evidence in literature to substantiate the DoD’s response to the current health crisis of COVID-19 given past health outbreaks. Steps of evidence-based practice (EBPs) can be reviewed from the viewpoint of conducting research and generating knowledge. One such way is the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and patient safety models of transferring information from knowledge, social marketing, social, and organizational innovation, and behavior change. Steps of knowledge transfer through the AHRQ model represent three major stages. Knowledge creation and distillation of conducting research from various delivery systems and transportability to real-world health settings.

With EBP diffusion and dissemination involves collaboration with other professional healthcare leaders in other organizations to distribute knowledge that forms the basis of action. Case in point, the sharing of information from the Centers of Disease Control to military leaders during the pandemic and getting information to audiences. The third stage involves execution and getting health organizations to adopt and use evidence-based research results. The key to EBP is getting the organization to adopt and sustain change into practice (Titler, 2008). The body of evidence that supports the challenge is based on the current pandemic. There is sufficient evidence both in military and civilian healthcare to warrant an opportunity of improvement. Based on what we have learned during the course of the last 20-months, the range of available sources of information have become more widely available. Rising disease rates, limited, funding, and the scientific basis for intervention demands the use of proven strategies to improve population health. EBP approaches and health surveillance along with policymaking are necessary tools to eradicate pandemics and change health-behaviors. The key elements of EBP in public health and military health is:

Engaging the community in assessment and decision-making

Using data and information systems

Making decisions based on peer-reviewed evidence

Applying program planning frameworks

Conducting sound evaluation and disseminating what is found

What has transpired and become a challenge that many organizations have faced, is that many EBP health interventions are implemented on the basis of political and media pressure (Jacobs, Jones, Gabella, Spring, & Brownson,  2012). The evidence I found comparing civilian health facilities to Air Force facilities is that more civilian data is available. While the other military services have reported numbers and responses, there is limited data specific to my site. I do not believe it is population specific but site specific because of a HIPAA related release that happened in July of 2020. This unauthorized disclosure set off a media frenzy via social media for my current facility. Therefore, sharing information is more guarded. On the other hand, with the increase of the COVID delta variant, more opportunities exist for more evidence to become present. Current metrics are that 59,337 Air Force members (military, dependents, civilian, and contractors) have been affected (, 2021). Possible outcomes for my organization is an increase in operations that cater to the increase of manpower hours devoted to COVID screening and vaccinations.

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    When considering the improvement of an organizational challenge as the focus and topic of a doctoral capstone project, you’ll need to evaluate whether it has the necessary characteristics and elements for EBP improvement and whether it meets Capella University requirements. Critically Analyzing and Reviewing Organizational Challenges


    Critically analyze each of the identified organizational challenges you identified in Week 3 and compare them with Capella University’s criteria for an approvable doctoral capstone topic and project and with elements needed for the application of EBP improvement. Then, make a case for focusing on one challenge as the best opportunity for EBP improvement in a potential doctoral capstone project.


    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.

    · Describe the characteristics of a professional doctorate and doctoral capstone project.

    . Compare professional activities and roles for individuals with a DHA or DrPH degree compared to a PhD degree.

    . Delineate the differences and similarities between a DHA or DrPH capstone project and a PhD dissertation.

    . Describe three major characteristics of a doctoral capstone project.

    · Critically analyze the potential of evidence-based improvement to mitigate the negative impact of each of the three identified organizational challenges.

    . Describe the appropriateness of applying the EBP process to mitigate the negative impact of the identified challenges.

    . Summarize the quality of available research evidence to support a potential project focused on mitigating the negative impact of the identified challenges.

    . Describe how the EBP process could facilitate improvements that mitigate the negative impact of the challenges in a short period of time.

    · Determine the extent to which a project focused on mitigating the negative impact of each of the three organizational challenges meets Capella University criteria for a doctoral capstone project.

    . Outline what a doctoral capstone project is and what it is not, according to Capella University criteria for a doctoral capstone project.

    . Describe how the application of existing knowledge to mitigate the negative impact of the challenges aligns with your program and specialization and contributes to your field.

    . Summarize Capella University criteria that would be met by a doctoral capstone project focused on mitigating the negative impact of the challenges.

    · Argue for the potential success and approval of a doctoral capstone project focused on the evidence-based improvement of one challenge the organization is facing.

    . Describe how the evidence-based improvement of one challenge meets professional doctorate, EBP, and university standards and criteria.

    · Write concisely and directly, using active voice.

    · Apply APA style and formatting to scholarly writing.

    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.