Module 8: Planning and Creating change

The CHNA is complete and gaps, assets and unmet community health needs have been identified. Priority health needs have been determined in a systematic way. What’s next? It’s time to develop an action plan and devise a program of intervention. Planning an effective program brings you one step closer to creating change.

Continuous Program Cycle:  Assess – Prioritize – Plan – Evaluate


The planning stage provides the necessary direction to advance from where you are to where you want to be. Vision, objectives, strategies and tactics are important to clarify and there many tools available to help you through the process. These resources will help you in your planning efforts:

Creating a Logic Model
A logic model is a visual tool to help you describe what your program is, what it will accomplish and importantly, how you will get there. The model is helpful in understanding how what you put into a program (investments) leads to what comes out in the end (results). It is an excellent first step in the program development stage.

Logic Model Development Guide:

A Simple Logic Model

Developing a Program Logic ModelParts 1-3, James Wolff

Step-by-Step Change Models
These comprehensive resources provide step-by-step models for creating change through the complete program cycle - assessment-prioritization-planning and evaluation. Templates, training guides, examples and self-study modules are available.