Essential Elements for Step 1: Get Started – Why Plan?
We often don’t think about it, but we all use planning and evaluation in our daily lives. We plan what we will eat for breakfast, what we will wear, what things we have to do, etc. Planning is an essential part of our day. Planning a diabetes program is like planning a trip. We need to determine where we are going, who is going, how we will get there, how much money we have and what we will do and so on.
What should be planned out in advance?
- Where we are headed
- Who to bring and what to pack
- Picking the best route
- Selecting things we will do or activities
- Creating clear goals and objectives to set us on the road to success
- Keeping track of data and results
- Moving forward with lessons learned
What is program planning?
- A structured process to develop, implement and evaluate a program.
- Process that helps your program provide effective activities and show good results.
What is program evaluation?
- A systematic examination and assessment of a program.
- Using data collected to improve a program, demonstrate accountability and show outcomes.
Why is planning important for your community?
- Spending time planning your program now will make your work easier in the long-term.
- Program planning will help you implement strong diabetes programs, and will improve your results in the clinic and community setting.