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Clearinghouse Phase 6: Action Cycle

Creating the Action Plan
Action Group Planning Template
This template helps to link activities with objectives and goals, define and assign responsibilities for specific steps, and develop a timeline for implementing the MAPP Action Plan. More »
Implementation Plan Worksheet
This worksheet will assist MAPP teams in developing a timeline and assigning responsibilities for the implementation phase. More »
Defining Terms Used in Objective-Setting Tip Sheet
This one-page document defines the different types of objectives used during the action cycle and provides examples of each. More »
Business Planning for Public Health
MAPP users in the action cycle may benefit from business planning models to launch and sustain certain action cycle activities. Public Health Business Planning: A Practical Guide is based on the curriculum of the highly successful Management Academy for Public Health, offered by the Kenan-Flagler Business School and the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In today's turbulent and financially stressful times, public health managers need business planning skills. They need to become "civic entrepreneurs" who can creatively finance and manage needed programs using business school savvy. The author, Dr. Stephen N. Orton, has extensive experience in public health leadership and business planning. In the book, Dr. Orton and his colleagues apply their public health leadership and business planning expertise from the Management Academy for Public Health to assist communities in creating  business plans. The book is supported by a Web site created by the authors. The Web site includes a business planning blog, which includes entries focused on the relationship between MAPP and public health business planning. For more information on the Public Health Business Planning book and blog, visit www.publichealthbusinessplanning.orgMore »
CDC Program Evaluation Resources
The CDC Evaluation Working Group provides program evaluation resources and includes guidance on using logic models for program planning, implementation, and evaluation.  More »
Gliffy Online Diagram Software
This free online software can help MAPP communities diagram planning, evaluation, and communication materials such as organizational charts, logic models, flowcharts, and business processes. More »
Management Academy for Public Health
If your MAPP team has completed organizing for success and partnership development, visioning, assessments, identifying strategic issues, and formulating goals and strategies, then the Management Academy for Public Health can assist you in launching the action cycle of the MAPP process. With the help of the Management Academy faculty and the Kenan-Flagler Business School coaches, your project idea can be strategically developed into a feasible and sustainable business plan. For more information, please contact the Management Academy at maph@unc.edu or (919) 843-8541.
SMART Objectives Guide
The evaluation guide "Writing SMART Objectives" is aimed at helping users develop specific, measurable, attainable/achievable, relevant, and time-bound objectives. This guide describes the components of a SMART objective and provides examples. An exercise at the end offers an opportunity to work through the development of SMART objectives. More »
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide
This Logic Model Development Guide provides step-by-step guidance on using logic models for program planning, implementation, and evaluation.  More »
Roles and Responsibilities
Example Community Information and Participant Survey
Distributed in Northern Kentucky, this cover letter and brief survey expresses gratitude to MAPP participants and invites previous participants to become part of the implementation process or action cycle. The survey serves as a space for individuals to specify which issues they are most interested in working on, and with which organizations they have previously partnered with or would like to work with in the future. More »
Example Subcommittee Progress Report
This four-page document can serve as a template for subcommittee reports on various strategic issues. The progress report is designed to encourage subcommittees to think about and discuss their challenges and successes. More »
Example Subcommittee Flyer
This flyer distributed in San Antonio briefly explains the MAPP program, lists partner organizations, and describes the purpose of each of the strategic issue subcommittees. More »
Evaluating Your Progress
How to Monitor for Population Health Outcomes
This 52-page article was written by Dr. John Wren and published by the New Zealand Ministry of Health in July 2007. Dr. Wren's article presents guidance on how to develop indicators to monitor progress in achieving population health outcomes. More »
Example Action Cycle Tool Evaluation
This four-page community survey distributed in Kentucky was designed to measure how well Northern Kentucky was achieving their vision. The strategic issues in Northern Kentucky's Master Health Plan are based on the National Public Health Performance Standards. The identified issues are described in terms of achieving model standards, identifying partner organizations to evaluate, and measuring how well standards are being incorporated. More »
Example Evaluation Report
This 13-page evaluation report produced by the East Central District Health Department (ECDHD), Nebraska, provides background on the implementing community and highlights the core issues revealed by the MAPP process. The document also explores the challenges and successes ECDHD experienced throughout their MAPP efforts. More »
Engaging the Media Tip Sheet
This two-page document provides helpful hints for engaging the media, from guidelines on crafting briefings and press releases to interviewing tips. More »
Community Approaches to Addressing Disparities in Health Toolkit
The Community Approach to Addressing Disparities in Health Web site includes THRIVE: Toolkit for Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments. The centerpiece of THRIVE is a set of community-level factors which are linked to Healthy People 2010 Leading Health Indicators. THRIVE now features a simplified list of 13 factors to facilitate use of the tool at the local level. More »
Applying Performance Measurement to Public Health Policy Activities
This tool was developed collaboratively by the American Public Health Association and the Public Health Foundation to help health departments assess and improve the performance of their policy activities. The first section of the tool gives a brief overview of the role of health departments in public health policy, followed by an introduction to performance measurement within the context of performance management. It also includes a framework for conceptualizing the goals and activities of policy work in a health department. More »
Community Issues Management (CIM) Web-Based System
Community Issues Management (CIM) is a Web-based Collaborative Management System designed for local and regional organizations to frame, manage, and take on complex issues. More »
Foundation Center Proposal Writing Resources
The Foundation Center provides a series of free and cost-associated resources for individuals interested in learning more about proposal writing. The Foundation Center's Web site includes information about classroom training courses, online training courses, online guides and tutorials, books, and webinars. Many resources are available in both English and Spanish. More »
Grant Writing Tip Sheets
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) host a series of grant writing tip sheets and other resources on their Grants Web site. The Web site includes information about how to prepare grant applications, information for new NIH grant applicants, and grant writing tips. More »
The Nonprofit Advocacy Project (NAP) and Foundation Advocacy Initiative (FAI)
Alliance for Justice offers a wide range of services to the nonprofit sector, consisting of professionally planned and executed workshops, publications, technical assistance, and public education activities. Alliance for Justice's program provides information and training on the legal parameters of nonprofit and foundation advocacy, plain-language legal guides to refer to as advocacy campaigns are planned, and real-time technical assistance to answer questions about advocacy projects as they are implemented. For Technical Assistance information navigate to the Alliance for Justice home page. More »
One D Regional Scorecard
The purpose of the Regional Scorecard is to provide a comprehensive look at the status of the Southeast region of Michigan through five key priority areas: economic prosperity, educational preparedness, quality of life, social equity, and regional transit. A tool like this can be used to increase access to key information, foster a more informed civic dialogue, track progress on shared regional goals, and report on change within the indicators. More »
PHF QI Quickguide
Visit the QI Quickguide to learn about QI concepts, the PDCA cycle, and connect to hundreds of free resources. More »
Webcast: From Planning to Action
During this webcast, MAPP users from Tennessee, New Jersey, Florida, and Nebraska share their experiences, lessons learned, and advice for other MAPP users preparing to move from planning into action. The webcast recording is 1.5 hours long. More »
Webcast: Community Balanced Scorecards to Make MAPP Partnerships More Effective
This webcast explores how Community Balanced Scorecards (CBSCs) can make the MAPP process more effective by ensuring alignment of partners' efforts, clarifying partner roles, and increasing accountability for measurable results. During the webcast, public health leaders from MAPP communities in IL and FL share their early experiences using CBSC tools. The webcast recording is 1.5 hours long. More »
What Works Policies and Programs to Improve Wisconsin's Health
This report, prepared by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, identifies effective policies and programs for possible implementation in Wisconsin that could improve one or more of the multiple drivers of health that affect health outcomes. More »