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

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

Welcome to the Library Guide for PHW/PH 205

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Starting the Program Planning Process

Grants and Research Information
This is the Bioscience, Natural Resources & Public Health Library's guide to organizations providing grants and research support, including tips and tools, such as the Introduction to Proposal Writing (from the Foundation Center): an overview of how to write a standard project proposal to a foundation, including the "do's" and "don'ts" of writing and submitting a proposal, as well as information on proposal budgets.

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. It is broken up into these areas:

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

Below 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:

(based on Users' guides to the medical literature: a manual for evidence-based clinical practice)