The following checklist provides a tool to develop the DNP Doctoral Prospectus. The doctoral prospectus involves multiple steps. Included in this prospectus checklist are the basic expectations for completing the prospectus following the annotated prospectus guide. For further detail on the content of each section of the prospectus, please refer to the Prospectus Guide. To understand how the prospectus is evaluated by the committee and the Program Director of designee, use the Prospectus Rubric as a guide.
· Instructions for students:
· Indicate on the checklist the page numbers (use the actual document page number, not the MS Word pagination) where the appropriate content is located.
· Respond to comments from the committee in the comment history box. Do not delete previous commentsjust add your response in the appropriate space.
· Instructions for the DNP Doctoral Project committee chair, second member, and PhD Program Director/Designee.
· Provide specific feedback in the comment history column. Do not delete previous commentsjust add your response and use some means to clearly identify your remarks (e.g., colored, bolded, or italicized text).
· If you made detailed comments on the draft (using track changes and comments), you can make reference to such comments in the draft rather than copy the text into the checklist comment history section.
|The Prospectus Document includes a title page (page 1) followed by pages containing the required elements. Title must be 12 words or less, double-space if it is more than one line of type, and center it at the top of the page.Capitalize each major word.Include your name, your program (Doctor of Nursing Practice) and your Banner ID number – double spaced and centered under the title. Please use the Prospectus template on the DNP Resources page.Note: Your doctoral project title will likely change as the project evolves so allow yourself the flexibility to adapt your title as necessary.||Chair comments: (click here) Second Member comments: (click here) Student comments: (click here) ☐Chair accepts items as complete.|
|Start with “Prospectus” and a colon, and then include the title as it appears on the title page.Double space if it is more than one line and center at the top of the page||Chair comments: (click here) Second Member comments: (click here) Student comments: (click here) ☐Chair accepts items as complete.|
|a) State the practice focused problem that your project will address. Provide a 2-paragraphs statement that establishes the relevance of this problem.||Chair comments: (click here) Second Member comments: (click here) Student comments: (click here) ☐Chair accepts items as complete.|
|b) Summarize preliminary, supporting evidence that provides justification that this problem is meaningful and relevant to the local setting as well as the broader field of nursing practice, citing key scholarly sources.|
|c) Explicitly state the gap in nursing practice or problem that will be the focus of this doctoral project|
|d) Describe the problem as it relates to the target population for this project.|
|a) Describe the meaningful gap-in-practice that this doctoral project addresses.|
|b) State the guiding practice-focused question(s) for this doctoral project.|
|c) Briefly explain the practice focused question as it is relevant to the identified gap in practice.|
|Note: PICO format is not required.|
|a) Describe how this project will impact social change for healthcare consumers, organizations and the profession|
|b) State how this project supports the mission of Walden University to promote positive social change.|
|c) Specify who might benefit from the project and in what ways the information from the project might result in positive social change.|
|Context for the Doctoral Project|
|a) Briefly describe the intended setting for the doctoral project.|
|b) Explain how this project can be accomplished in the identified setting or context.|
|Sources of Evidence|
|a) Include relevant evidence that supports the need to address the identified problem at the local and broader context (Examples: Current EBP guidelines, literature preferably from the past 5 years, deidentified anecdotal data, (refer to DNP manuals for IRB approved data sources for specific project types).|
|b) Describe how the evidence justifies that this practice problem is important to the nursing profession.|
|Approach or Procedural Steps|
|a) Identify your possible approach/procedural steps, summarize possible strategies to obtain the data and resources needed to complete the doctoral project. Examples may include anonymous participant questionnaires (see DNP IRB approved data types for each of the four DNP manuals for more information)|
|b) Is this project from among the acceptable types listed on the DNP Resources page?Note: Evidence or data cannot be collected prior to approval of the full committee and the IRB.|
|a) Describe how this project will provide protection for human subjects.|
|b) Describe the region of the data source(s) without stating the specific location. Withhold descriptors of participants such as titles, demographics, etc. to ensure that participants are not identifiable. (Check with the IRB if unsure.)|
|c) State any potential ethical issues that may present problems for the completion of this project. If none, clarify.Note: See IRB section of the DNP manual to determine ethical requirements.|
|a) Do the various aspects of the prospectus align overall?|
|b) State what credible sources support the practice problem.|
|c) Describe how the practice-focused question/s and the approach or procedural steps will address the practice problem you describe in the problem statement.|
|Use APA format for this prospectus. Include a minimum of 15 – 20 APA-formatted peer-reviewed references to support intext citations in the Doctoral Project Prospectus.Note: References should be within most recent 5 years.|
|APA Form and Style Check|