Program planning and evaluation guide

Program planning and evaluation guide – March 2018

Step 3: Plan your program or service

Effective programs and services are those that have been planned and designed using evidence and a clear program theory.

There are many different programs and strategies to address social issues, so it is important to consider what will be most effective in the context in which you are working.

This page contains resources that will help you to understand different approaches to programs, services and projects, and how they can be applied on the ground. 

3.1 Selecting a suitable approach

There are usually many different options for programs, services or projects to address a social problem. This section includes resources that can help you to identify and understand different approaches, different types of programs and activities, and the evidence behind them.


Applying community capacity-building approaches to child welfare [Multi-page CFCA Paper]

Defining community development [CFCA Resource Sheet]

Guidance on selecting an evidence-based program [Designed for Communities for Children Facilitating Partners, but contains useful general advice]

Implementing an evidence-informed practice framework [Webinar recording, transcript and slides]

3.2 Program logic: Step by step

Central to successful program design, implementation and evaluation is being clear about how a program should work and what outcomes it is intended to produce. This is often done with a program logic.


PDF iconDownloadable program logic checklist [checklist for reviewing a completed logic model] 

How to develop a program logic [Step-by-step practice resource]

Instructional video (Opens in YouTube)

Still from the guided tour through program logic video