Step 6: Plan


Step 6 of the GTO framework is to make a plan for implementing the program. This includes outlining activities, staffing, locations and timelines and stating up front what you expect in terms of attendance, duration of activities and resource needed.

The resources below may help you develop a plan for implementing your selected intervention.


 Project Management Tools

  • Tool: Program Timeline/Overview Example: Creating a program timeline/overview makes it easy for stakeholders to see the "big picture." This is a great communication tool to help keep your internal team focused and your external stakeholders informed. 
  • Tool: Work Plan & High Level Timeline Example: This document provides another example of a high level timeline and also an example workplan. Workplans help keep your team organized by splitting up tasks into manageable pieces, assigning leads, and assigning due dates. Workplans help you identify tasks that are falling behind, and therefore, help keep your project on-schedule. 
  • Tool: A project charter helps organize your plans for implementation. Once the team has developed a charter, it is important to review it with your organization's leadership, management team and other senior managers and get their sign-off to ensure everyone is in agreement on the project aim and is willing to provide the needed resources to support the project.


 Logic Model Tools

  • How to Create a Logic Model: The Pell Institute created this online guide to explain how to develop logic models. The guide includes a detailed discussion of each logic model element (i.e. inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, impact).

  • Book chapter: Developing a Basic Logic Model for your Program: This brief book chapter provides a step-by-step overview of how and why to create a logic model for a public health program, along with an example logic model.

  • Tool: Logic Model Templates: University of Wisconsin developed these logic model templates in Word, PDF, and Excel formats.


Creating an Action Plan

  • Tool: Community Action Model: This is an evidence-informed framework developed by Active Living By Design for increasing active living and healthy eating in communities through comprehensive and integrated strategies.
  • Tool: Creating Action Plans for Priority Issues: Steps and Tools: This brief document, created by the Illinois Public Health Institute, outlines general action planning steps and provides tools and terminology relevant to each step.

  • Tool: Developing Strategic and Action Plans: Kansas University developed a toolkit to aid organizations in community outreach work. This section provides guidance on and examples of how to develop a project’s mission, vision, objectives, strategies, and action plan.

  • Tool: Implementation Plan Template: NACCHO developed this template to help organizations define project objectives, designate roles and responsibilities, and identify specific action steps for implementation.

Results-Based Accountability



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