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Program design need and resources, average score (Indicator)


A checklist to help determine if there is need and resource for a particular program. There are 9 questions in 4 areas. Each question should be reviewed individually to identify areas of strength and growth opportunities.

1. Community need & appropriateness

  • Is there community need for this program?
  • Is there community support for this program?
  • Is this program culturally appropriate for people in your community?
  • Does this program make other useful contributions to the community (e.g., community building, safety, economic opportunities)?

2. Evidence

  • Is there evidence that this program can effectively change behavior?
  • Does the program provide a way to assess how well the activities are being delivered (e.g., a detailed program checklist that describes the important elements)?

3. Resources

  • Is there a clear lead person with experience in this program that will be primarily responsible for implementation?
  • Is it clear what resources (money, staffing, materials, political capital) will be required and are these in place?

4. Sustainability

  • Is this program sustainable (likely to continue beyond the current grant period)?


Outcome Areas


This set of questions is adapted from Kaiser Permanente's Strategy Selection Checklist, which is designed to help implementers decide on the most effective community health strategies. LogicalOutcomes revised the form to make it more relevant to human service agencies. The form has not been validated as a measurement tool, but can be used by agencies as a simple way to gauge community need and program evidence.

Calculation rules

Computation Rule:

A score should be given for each of the data elements to review strengths and weaknesses.





Adapted with permission from:

Kaiser Permanente. Strategy selection checklist. Accessed October 1, 2017.

Center for Community Health and Evaluation. “Healthy Dose: A Toolkit for Boosting the Impact of Community Health Strategies; version 1.1.”, co-developed with Kaiser Permanente:

Additional Attributes

Slot name Type Value Similar


Data collection

Surveys and interviews

Inputs and outputs

Program design

Inputs and outputs

Program activities

Inputs and outputs

Organizational capacity


Access to services

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