How to Plan a Program

How do we address the issues surrounding teen pregnancy?

If you’ve ever been responsible for throwing a party, you probably spent a fair amount of time planning. Among the things you needed to know: who the party was for, how many people would be attending, how much and what kind of food to buy, and where and when the party would be held. If you planned effectively, your party most likely went smoothly—meaning you implemented it well. And of course, after all the work that went into planning the party, it was a relief to know your guests had a great time—in a way, you engaged in evaluation.

Planning, implementation, and evaluation are the essential steps in nearly all public health programs, including those adopted by the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. In order to make a meaningful impact on teen pregnancy, we use a 10-step process called the Getting to Outcomes Frameworkwhich helps us determine needs, decide what program to use, and anticipate what we expect to happen as a result of the program.

Program planning is a complex process, and those who implement programs receive extensive training and support. While not every organization may be equipped to take on program planning, we feel that our community partners should be empowered with the tools needed to create lasting change. In the next few pages, you will learn the basics of how to use the Getting to Outcomes Framework to choose a program that’s right for you, implement it, and evaluate its success. Note that this is a summary and does not represent every aspect of the model.

If you would like an in-depth look at program planning, visit the Getting To Outcomes Framework.

Just curious? Continue to Goal Setting.