Using a Framework to Plan Programs

Date: February 3rd, 2016

Kelly Connelly

This is the first in a series of blog posts on using evidence-based approaches to implement programs and services for young people.



When planning, implementing, and improving programs, it can be daunting to include all the necessary steps that lead to better outcomes. This is where using a framework can help.

Healthy Teen Network has developed the Evidence-Based Resource Center as your one-stop shop on using evidence-based approaches to implement sexual and reproductive health programs and services for young people. The Evidence-Based Resource Center breaks down each of the many steps with a short narrative and provides links to related resources.

One example of a framework that integrates the use of evidence-based approaches is Getting to OutcomesTM, or GTO, developed by researchers at Rand and the University of South Carolina. RAND has developed a helpful infographic (click on the image to the left to enlarge) to illustrate the 10 steps of a 10-step framework proven to lead to better programs.[1]

What’s great about RAND’s infographic is that it clearly and simply illustrates the 10 steps, with actions every step of the way, to support implementing programs that lead to better outcomes for youth.

What about you? What framework do you use to support program planning, implementation, and improvement? What are your go-to resources?

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About the Author

Healthy Teen Network Senior Marketing and Communications Manager Kelly Connelly, BA, is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer, and she is experienced at developing skills-building workshops and programs, for professionals as well as youth.

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