In our program, we are thankful to have students from a variety of disciplines – some are direct healthcare practitioners, some are corporate healthcare leaders, some are in other human services functions such as social services and public education. Still others come from many other backgrounds. This diversity is one of the things that makes us so dynamic. The most important part of our diversity is that in one way or another, each of you comes from a background of making the world a better place for people.

One of the things we discuss during this term is the importance of recognizing, as a leader, how you substantively contribute to a larger mission through your actions – and how a system of actions makes positive impacts on the world. Regardless of your positional title (we have CEOs and front leaders alike in our program), as leaders, each of you are obligated to make your organization, community, and the world a better place through your actions. The purpose of the final exercise is to think about your team and your role in the world and how you can make significant progress on an issue about which you care greatly.

The United Nations describes its Sustainable Development Goals (or SDGs) in the following way:

“an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.”

The SDGs provide a list of global goals that can apply to many of the fields in which each of you work. More importantly, we should think about how actions in our own organizations substantively contribute to the larger goals described in the SDGs – each of us have to contribute in our own, even sometimes small, way to make them successful. For example, none of us can solve global poverty individually, but working to solve poverty in our own community helps towards that global goal. For this project, you should choose one of the Sustainable Development Goals and develop a radical plan to make progress on this issue from where you sit in your specific organization, whatever that organization may be. You should research this goal on the UN SDG website (https://sdgs.un.org/goals) and choose one issue in one of the goals to improve. THIS IS THE LINK (http://sdgs.un.org/goals

The final paper is a 2000-word report which will present an idea for a project your team at your work can undertake to make progress on one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Ideally, you should address how this can be implemented in the fastest and most effective way possible. This report should have your organization’s leadership as the audience in mind, but requires a very limited introduction to the organization as needed for non-local audiences. Your report should include the following components (the word limits for each line are just a guideline – you may deviate from this as necessary, but this gives you a general understanding of the detail with which you should address each topic):


• Brief introduction to your organization and/or team. (100 words)

• A brief description of the SDG that your report will consider and your radical idea for accomplishing that goal. (300 words)

• A refined logic model of the existing policy or plan which sketches out the key assumptions related to its inputs, outputs, outcomes and impact. See (300 words)

• A process of implementation with key steps and milestones. (400 words)

• An approach to tactics building the team you need to accomplish this goal and helping to secure buy-in from your team and your chain of command (everyone has a boss!), which also addresses potential opposition to your idea. Your recommendations should include ideas for mobilizing key stakeholders to support the proposed policy or plan and to become agents of change. (200 words)

• A brief discussion of potential risks and unintended consequences of the proposed interventions. (200 words)

• Conclusion, including a discussion of why this work is important (300 words)

Notes from instructor: It's 2000 words +/- 10 percent. and the areas are for general reference to give you an idea of approximately how long sections should be, but they can be more or less depending on your needs.. Using these as heading would be appropriate, but probably shorten them a bit. Subheadings shouldn't be a significant number of words to count, and references don't count in your word count. 

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