Planning Health Promotion Programs Introductory Workbook

Ontario Agency for Health Protection and Promotion (Public Health Ontario). Planning health promotion programs: introductory workbook. 5th ed. Toronto, ON: Queen’s Printer for Ontario; 2018.

Canadian Template available Example available


This toolkit provides a process for planning a public health program in a systematic, evidence-informed manner. It outlines a six-step planning process and provides resources for each step, from pre-planning to reviewing a developed plan.

Steps for Using Method/Tool

This interactive, online tool uses a six-step planning process that includes:

  1. Pre-planning and project management – Consider various elements that influence the planning process, such as partnerships, resources and decision-making.
  2. Assess the situation – Examine all of the influential factors internal and external to the program.
  3. Set goals and outcome objectives – Prioritize goals and identify audiences and relationships between goals.
  4. Choose strategies and activities – Determine activities that will achieve objectives and identify necessary resources.
  5. Develop indicators – Develop measurable indicators for each objective.
  6. Review the program plan – Create a logic model for the program.

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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