First steps in planning are to determine who needs to be involved in program planning and when to get started. Using the tools in the Workbook will help your diabetes team get started. Program planning is a dynamic process and you will need to revisit your plan often.
Who needs to do program planning?
All those who conduct health programs
Health Program Specialists
Community Health Representatives
Support Staff and Others
All those who make policy for health programs
Health Department Administrator
When should you get started?
Program planning and evaluation begin when the program is just an idea.
How do you get started?
Start by knowing the history, resources, constraints and expectations of the program.
Find existing plans or pieces of program plans and evaluation.
Use the Tool Tips and Checklist to determine what is available to your program.
Use the Visual Planning Tool (or Road Map) to help you keep track of information and understand how your program will work.
How does the Visual Planning Tool (Road Map) help a diabetes program?
Identify what resources (inputs) are available and those still needed.
Choose activities (things the program does) based on assessed needs.
Identify products (who was served or what was developed).
Document results or outcomes, both short-term (awareness, knowledge skills) and intermediate (behavior, practice, decisions, policy).
Document impact or long-term results (social, economic, environmental).