Roadmap for State Program Planning: Develop Plans

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It is important to develop and update Plans that provide the foundation for all subsequent program activities.

There are three major activities in this section—

  • Developing the State HDSP Plan.
  • Developing the HDSP Work Plan.
  • Developing the HDSP Evaluation Plan.

Expected Outcomes

After completing the “Develop Plans” component of the Roadmap, you will produce the following products—

  • A State HDSP Plan with specific objectives for addressing and promoting prevention of heart disease, stroke, and other related risk factors.
  • A Work Plan outlining your HDSP program activities that support the State HDSP Plan.
  • An Evaluation Plan to measure program achievements.

Skills and Competencies

The skills needed to address this program area are adapted from the National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) Competencies for Chronic Disease Practice.

  • Implementing processes to identify common goals and outcomes.
  • Collaborating with partners on data collection and interpretation.
  • Identifying individual and organizational responsibilities within the context of public health services.
  • Evaluating data integrity and comparability.
  • Monitoring and evaluating data to identify burden trends, and outcomes.
  • Contributing to development, implementation, and monitoring of organizational performance standards.
  • Developing activity-based and line-item budgets.
  • Prioritizing program strategies and budget initiatives.
  • Identifying and using public health data as a tool to develop and prioritize community-based interventions or policies for chronic disease.
  • Applying principles of cultural appropriateness to program design.

Developing the State HDSP Plan

A comprehensive State HDSP Plan will help you—

  • Identify priorities, objectives, and strategies for state HDSP program goals.
  • Obtain commitments from your partners.
  • Obtain or maintain financial support.

A well developed State HDSP Plan can also provide—

  • A comprehensive program view that is broken down into manageable pieces.
  • An opportunity to gather input from your partners.
  • Data from the state’s HDSP burden document.
  • An avenue to set priority policy and system change strategies.

The resources and data collected and assessed during the development of the State HDSP Plan will provide valuable information in setting priorities and identifying policy and systems change strategies.

Developing the HDSP Work Plan

The HDSP Work Plan provides a step-by-step process for achieving your program’s goals and objectives and should include the what, who, and when for each planned objective and its associated activities.

Although HDSP Work Plans will change during the course of the project, developing an initial HDSP Work Plan serves several functions, including—

  • Communicating the expectations about project tasks and anticipated results.
  • Determining personnel, financial and other resource needs.
  • Establishing a timeline for activities and results.
  • Understanding the sequence and relative priority of the activities required to carry out the HDSP Program.

Developing the HDSP Evaluation Plan

An HDSP Evaluation Plan can be considered as a set of instructions that provides a systematic process for evaluating the program’s objectives and capacity building and intervention activities. Developing and implementing an HDSP evaluation plan helps programs focus on meeting objectives.

The program should include both process and outcome evaluation measures as part of the overall evaluation plan. To effectively conduct these evaluation activities, the HDSP Evaluation Plan should be developed in conjunction with the HDSP Work Plan to help ensure the feasibility of the HDSP Work Plan and allow for adjustments if necessary.

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