Public Health Planning Toolkit

Sudbury & District Health Unit (2020). The SDHU OPHS evidence-informed planning cycle: 2015 version. Retrieved from Organization website:

Canadian Template available Video available


This toolkit is a guide for local program planning in support of the Ontario Public Health Standards (OPHS). The framework guides the assessment, planning and implementation, and evaluation of public health programs.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

The toolkit guides users through four program planning steps:

  1. Assessment – Define the problem.
  2. Plan – Create a plan to complete deliverables.
  3. Implement – Act on the evidence delivering high-quality programs.
  4. Evaluate – Assess the effectiveness of your implementation efforts.

Each step is complemented by tracking forms, worksheets and resources.

These summaries are written by the NCCMT to condense and to provide an overview of the resources listed in the Registry of Methods and Tools and to give suggestions for their use in a public health context. For more information on individual methods and tools included in the review, please consult the authors/developers of the original resources.

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