Planning for prevention work is essential, yet it is not always a simple and linear process. There are often many issues and interests to consider, as well as internal agency capacity and community readiness. The following documents and resources can be helpful in taking the first steps towards planning a new prevention initiative or rethinking a new phase of a current initiative. From community assessments to logic models to evaluation plans, these documents will give you an introduction into the planning process.
Why use a Logic Model: When you are just starting to plan a project, it can be tempting to make a "to-do" list. Not sure if a logic model will work for you? This document can help you find out. Logic models can help to make sure that each "to-do" is linked to large scale programmatic and behavioral change objectives. Logic models can be useful in linking goals to activities to evaluation (both in the short term and long term).
Listing the Logic Model From Right to Left: Having a hard time getting started with your logic model? Sometimes turning the thought process around can stimulate the conversation you need to complete your plan.
What Situation are we Trying to Assess: We are all working to end violence, but we know that one series of educational sessions in one middle school can't end violence against women across the world. What are the more short-term situations that we can target in a matter of weeks? What attitudinal change or behavioral change can we create and measure?
Assumptions and Things Outside of your Control: Reasons why people chose to get involved in our work and that there are also a number of barriers. What kind of assumptions are you making about your community, your program, and your staff? Doing some internal assessment now can help you learn what areas you need to do additional assessment, training, or capacity building around to give your program the best chance for success.
Writing Output Statements: Output statements are a little different than outcome statements. Click through this document to explore some of the fundamental differences.
Theory of Planned Behavior Cheat Sheet: For Rhode Island's DELTA grant, we are using the Theory of Planned Behavior to guide our state level prevention work. This document shows the tenants of the Theory of Planned Behavior to plan in Rhode Island.
Building Community Capacity for Prevention: The basic nuts and bolts of planning, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining your prevention programming. Visit the Primary Prevention Institute website for tools, resources, and lesson plans on building organizational capacity for prevention planning and evaluation.