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Intervention/Evaluation Planning Tools
The following products are intended to assist you in developing interventions to address priority problem areas. Additional sample problem analysis diagrams and logic models are available for different health topics and issues on the Intervention Planning Resources page.

Problem Analysis
Every problem has multiple determinants or precursors, including both direct causes and risk factors. A formal problem analysis will identify the who, what, when, and where of a problem as well as help to identify determinants and possible causal pathways that lead to a health outcome or condition.
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Example Problem Analysis Diagram: Exclusive Breastfeeding

Logic Model
The logic model is a graphic representation of your program. The logic model shows the relationships between program resources, activities/interventions and outcomes and how a program will work to solve identified problems.
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How to use a logic model step by step
Example Logic Model: Community Plan to Promote Breastfeeding

MCAH Planning Cycle
The planning cycle is a classic public health approach for program planning, implementation, and evaluation. It is an interactive process with each step building on the previous ones and with opportunities for feedback. It is undertaken to understand and address identified public health problems. Although the processes described are generic to all planning efforts at the local level, the case examples are specific to Maternal and Child Health Programs that are required to conduct a formal needs assessment and planning process every five years.

The Planning Guide - Developing an Effective Planning Process: A Guide for Local MCH Programs
This manual has been created by FHOP to assist local public health agencies in following the steps described in the above planning cycle. To order a hardcopy click here.

Tools for Identifying and Selecting Evidenced Based Interventions
This page provides links to websites for identifying evidence based interventions and best practices and tools you can download to help you compare and adapt interventions.

Intervention Planning Resources
This section is organized by priority topic and includes reference materials, literature reviews, sample problem analyses, useful web links, and other useful information for priority problem areas.

Program Evaluation and Performance Monitoring Resources
This page offers a developing collection of resources for measuring the impacts of programs and activities. It includes program evaluation basics, program evaluation tools, assessing the impact of community awareness campaigns, and social media campaigns and evaluation tools.

Fact Sheets
Fact sheets provide simple, clear, and direct information that highlights the costs and benefits of addressing the selected health issue and highlights why addressing the issue is important to California and to local communities.

Assessment Tools

California County Data Templates
These MCH Indicator Templates are intended to generate rates and risk ratios with confidence intervals for selected MCH indicators. Each template file contains data for California State point estimates for each indicator that could be replaced with data form any comparison population. By entering county data, you will be able to compare your data to your state. There is also a template to calculate relative risk, attributable risk, attributable risk percent and population attributable risk.

The zip file contains spreadsheets that can be read by MS Excel software. There is also a pdf document with instructions on how to use the templates.

Data Sources & Tools for Measuring Adolescent Health Status
A 12-page PDF document created to present health indicators for youth, covering areas of morbidity, mortality, and health service utilization.

MCAH Community Assessment Survey
This survey was developed in conjunction with the California Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Action (MCAH ACTION) rural caucus and have been developed to help counties obtain information about the health of women, adolescents and children. The Core Survey includes five modules - dental health, asthma, childhood obesity, habits during pregnancy and family violence. The Adolescent Health Survey can be utilized as a stand-alone survey. In addition, the surveys and their respective modules are available in English and Spanish.

Linear Trend Template
This Excel template calculates linear trend statistics for 12 years of rates at two levels. Its use is described in FHOP's publication "Do We Have a Linear Trend," available on our publications page. As presented, the template tests for linear trends at higher (e.g., state) and lower (e.g. county) levels, then tests if the trends are significantly different from each other. Although set up to compare state and local health jurisdiction trends, it can be easily modified to compare other levels, e.g., nation and state, or super-region (e.g., Bay Area) and county. This template is inappropriate to use when trends are curvilinear in either comparison group.
    Linear Trend Explanations and Examples

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