Design program

Your program design includes your audiences of interest, goals, outcome objectives, strategies, activities and process objectives. In other words your project design clearly outlines what you will do (strategies/activities/process objectives), why you will do it (outcome objectives/goals), for whom you will do it (audiences) and with what will you do it (resources). Logic models are one popular way to show how these pieces of your program fit together in meaningful ways.


Six program planning steps

Public Health Ontario (2015)

Online Health Program Planner: Interactive worksheets to support evidence-informed decisions.

Online Health Program Planner (OHPP) 2.0

National Collaborating Centre for Methods and Tools and Public Health Ontario

The OHPP is a collection of online, interactive health planning tools. There are three, related collections of worksheets: A six step program planning model to help you make evidence-informed planning decisions; The Online Business Case Creator (OBCC) is a three-step process to analyze your project and help you make recommendations about whether a project should move forward; and Project Management Tools (PMT) include worksheets to help you iron out the implementation details of your project.

Tools of change planning guide

Cullbridge Marketing and Communications with support from: Environment Canada; Federation of Canadian Municipalities; National Resources Canada; National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy; Health Canada and others.

This guide is broken down into seven sections, each with step-by-step instructions, plenty of examples, and space for you to plan your own program. The sections include: setting objectives, developing partners, getting informed, targeting the audience, choosing the tools and change, financing the program, and measuring achievements.

The SDHU OPHS evidence-informed planning cycle (PDF document)

Sudbury and District Health Unit – Ontario Public Health Standards

Designed for planning effective Public Health programs, this interactive electronic toolkit includes transferable templates, tracking forms, flowcharts, prompts and resources to assist in the program planning process.