An early step in an evidence-based process is to develop a concise statement of the issue being considered. A clear articulation of the problem at hand will enhance the likelihood that a systematic and focused planning process can be followed, leading to successful outcomes and achievement of objectives. A clear statement of the issue provides a concrete basis for a priority setting process that is objective, which then leads to better program planning, intervention, and evaluation. This chapter is divided into two major sections. The first examines some lessons and approaches that can be learned from the processes of community assessment and strategic planning. The second describes a systematic approach to developing an issue statement by breaking it into four component parts: background/epidemiologic data; questions about the program or policy; solutions being considered; and potential outcomes.
Keywords: planning process; public health practice; community assessment; issue statement; strategic planning
Chapter. 5289 words. Illustrated.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology ; Medical Statistics and Methodology
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