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Library Resources: PHW/PH 205 Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation: The Program Planning Process

PH 205: Program Planning, Development, and Evaluation. Tips & Tools to Help You

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Library Resources for PHW/PH 205

Presented by Michael Sholinbeck, Sheldon Margen Public Health Library (

Starting the Program Planning Process

Grants and Research Information
This is the Public Health Library's guide to organizations providing grants and research support, including tips and tools, such as the Proposal Writing Short Course (from the Foundation Center): a guide to the process of gathering background information and creating the various components of the proposal (statement of need, budget, etc.)

Writing dissertation and grant proposals: epidemiology, preventive medicine and biostatistics, by Lisa Chasan-Taber. (2014; CRC Press)
Chapter One is Ten Top Tips for Successful Proposal Writing; other chapters discuss writing, literature searching, study design, data analysis, choosing a funding source, and more.

The CDCynergy Social Marketing Model: This tool is based on best practice social marketing principles, and will assist you in developing, implementing, and evaluating an effective social marketing plan.

  1. Problem Description
  2. Market/Audience Research
  3. Market Strategy
  4. Interventions
  5. Evaluation
  6. Implementation

Another tool to try is the Online Health Program Planner (Public Health Ontario).

  • Six Program Planning Steps -
     » to help you make evidence-informed planning decisions
  • Online Business Case Creator -
     » to help you make recommendations about your project's risks and benefits
  • Project Management Tools -
     » to help you develop implementation plans to manage your project

Overview: Evidence-Informed Public Health (from National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools, Canada)
This is part of an online learning module, and includes:

  1. Defining what is evidence-informed public health.
  2. Define: Clearly define the question or problem
  3. Search: Efficiently search for research evidence
  4. Appraise: Critically and efficiently appraise the information sources
  5. Synthesize: Interpret information and form recommendations for practice
  6. Adapt: Adapt the information to the local context
  7. Implement: Decide whether (and plan how) to implement the evidence
  8. Evaluate: Assess the effectiveness of implementation efforts

Another online learning module from NCCMT of interest is Critical Appraisal of Intervention Studies:
It demonstrates how to assess the quality of an intervention study,
and how to determine whether that intervention can be applied to your situation.

» Here is a summary table of basic considerations for critical appraisal of intervention and prevention studies; these are especially useful to consider when reading intervention/prevention literature:


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