Additional resources

In addition to step-specific resources, a number of other materials may be useful for program planning and implementation.

These additional resources fall into the following categories: 

A guide from the University of Wisconsin Extension with procedures for summarizing information from sources, such as open-ended questions, individual interviews, or focus groups.

A guide from the University of Wisconsin Extension with a discussion of basic concepts of statistical analysis, such as frequencies, percentage, averages, ranges, and standard deviation.

An online community from the National Cancer Institute that links cancer control practitioners and researchers, and provides opportunities for discussion, learning, and enhanced collaboration on moving research into practice.

Report and guide from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture with a step-by-step description of how to conduct a focus group.


Founded in 1969, AGM is an association of philanthropic organizations and individuals with interest in philanthropic giving in Massachusetts and the surrounding areas. The website includes tools and supports for applying to grants.


The only regional association of grantmakers, AGM includes both foundations and corporations with giving programs.

Health communication

Developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, this website provides resources for individuals and programs to protect and promote the public's health through collaborative and innovative health marketing programs, products, and services that are customer-centered, science-based, and high-impact. 


The site also includes resources on partnerships, research, evaluation, and professional development.

A free training program from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to educate public health professionals about limited health literacy and their role in addressing it in a public health context. 

A website providing information and resources on topics of health and social equity to inform policies and decision-making.


Human Impact Partners provides support, such as research, capacity building, advocacy, and field building to its partners, particularly are social determinants of health.

Key Issues that this organization focuses on include:

  • Criminal Justice
  • Economic Security
  • Immigration
  • Housing
  • Land and Transportation Use

A website developed by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill that provides free tools and resources to help design, acquire funding for, execute and disseminate Implementation Science research projects.

A website from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work that allows users to create compelling communication materials with ease by using pre-formatted local health data with attributed sources to include in your press releases, news stories, reports, grants, or policy briefs.

A planning guide from the National Cancer Institute that serves as a useful introduction or reminder about the science of health communication, written to be accessible to a diverse group of practitioners and researchers.  


Particularly useful topics include program planning steps and theories of behavior change.

A website providing a broad range of practical, easy-to-use tools that guide practitioners, advocates, and policymakers in planning health strategy and in contributing to safer, healthier, and more equitable communities.

A handout from the National Cancer Institute's Using What Works program that offers suggestions, resources, and practice exercises for making public health materials accessible to audiences of different reading abilities.

A database from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that provides information, tools, and resources about the social determinants of health (such as income, education, and employment) which can have important impacts on the health of communities.


This CDC website provides resources that have useful data for improving community health. 

A web tool developed by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation that provides an easy-to-use set of tools to help assess community news and information flow, and take action to improve it. 


2013 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides scientific support for efforts to implement policies, programs, professional best practices, and individual actions to reduce disparities.


The report addresses disparities at the national level in health care access, exposure to environmental hazards, mortality, morbidity, behavioral risk factors, disability status, and social determinants of health. The findings in the full report, an executive summary, presentation, and 23 fact sheets can be used to intervene at the state, tribal, and local levels to best address health disparities and inequalities. 

A free website, sponsored by the Community-Campus Partnership for Health for peer-reviewing, publishing, and disseminating products of health-related community-engaged scholarship that are in forms other than journal articles.


The website contains high-quality tools and resources that can be directly downloaded or obtained from the author, typically free of charge.

The IHI website is an excellent resource for those wishing to learn more about creating systems-level change and using evaluation to drive improvement.


An independent not-for-profit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, IHI focuses on motivating and building the will for change, identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and healthcare professionals, and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations.

The Foundation produces research and data about the complex health and health care issues facing the US and publishes program evaluations and reports at the end of many projects. 

PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the US National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).


Launched in February 2000, PMC was developed and is managed by NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information. PMC contains a repository of nearly 2 million journal articles.