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Step 3: Strategic Planning

Planning is pivotal to prevention success. Planning will increase the effectiveness of prevention efforts by focusing energy, ensuring that staff and other stakeholders are working toward the same goals, and providing the means for assessing and adjusting the project’s direction as needed. If done carefully, planning will also make future evaluation tasks much easier.

Coalitions can engage in these planning activities by:

  • Developing a community-level logic model that links the problematic consumption patterns and consequences, associated intervening variables, unique community factors, and evidence-informed strategies
  • Creating a data-driven strategic plan that includes the strategies for addressing resource and readiness gaps, anticipated evaluation activities, and how cultural competence will be addressed
  • Revisiting their logic model periodically and make any necessary revisions due to unforeseen political challenges or unanticipated cultural barriers
Good planning is also crucial to sustainability. It ensures the involvement and commitment of stakeholders beyond the initial funding period, establishes the organizational structure necessary to maintain project activities over time, and greatly increases the likelihood that expected outcomes will be achieved. Planning decisions must reflect the ideas and input of diverse groups and individuals.



More Resources

Resources for Developing Prescription Misuse Prevention Strategies
Resources for Developing Heroin Prevention Strategies
NMUPD Strategies and Risk Factors (PDF, 261KB)
Heroin Brief (PDF, 277KB)
PDMP Overview (PDF, 92KB)
Cultural Competence Primer (PDF, 653KB)
Strategies to Stop the Epidemic (PDF, 2,583KB)
Prescription Opioid Epidemic: An Evidence-based Approach (PDF, 564KB)


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