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Program Planning Resource

Program planning is a multi-step process that generally begins with the definition of the problem and development of an evaluation plan. Although specific steps may vary, they usually include a feedback loop, with findings from program evaluation being used for program improvement.

The types of steps that are generally used in program planning are listed in the table below, along with selected resources that may be useful at each step. 

Using Evidence-Based Resources for Program Design, Implementation, and Evaluation
Step Description Suggested Resources
1 Identify primary health issues in your community Community Health Assessment aNd Group Evaluation (CHANGE) External Web Site Icon

County Health Rankings External Web Site Icon

National Public Health Performance Standards External Web Site Icon

MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) External Web Site Icon
2 Develop measurable process and outcome objectives to assess progress in addressing these health issues
Healthy People 2020 Leading Health Indicators External Web Site Icon

HEDIS® (Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set) performance measures External Web Site Icon
3 Select effective interventions to help achieve these objectives The Guide to Community Preventive Services

The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services External Web Site Icon

Health Evidence External Web Site Icon

National Guideline Clearinghouse External Web Site Icon
4 Implement selected interventions Partnership for Prevention External Web Site Icon

CDCynergy External Web Site Icon
5 Evaluate selected interventions based on objectives; use this information to improve program Framework for Program Evaluation in Public Health Adobe PDF File [PDF - 514 kB] External Web Site Icon

CDCynergy External Web Site Icon
1-5 All of the above The Community Health Promotion Handbook: Action Guides to Improve Community Health External Web Site Icon

Cancer Control P.L.A.N.E.T.
(Plan, Link, Act, Network with Evidence-based Tools)
External Web Site Icon

Community Tool Box External Web Site Icon

Diffusion of Effective Behavioral Interventions (DEBI) External Web Site Icon