Community projects and program planning

Helen Keleher, Winsome St John

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Overview Community nurses-particularly community health nurses-are frequently involved in community program work. Thorough planning for this work is critical to ensuring that good outcomes are achieved in terms of effectiveness and sustainability. Because so much community work is funded through short-term, time-limited grants or projects, there is little value in designing and implementing a program that will wind up as soon as the funding is gone. Good planning will ensure that the program has a life beyond the funding period, contains elements of sustainability within the community, and is therefore likely to have a degree of effectiveness that can be measured by the change processes put in place during the program. In this chapter, we examine the processes of good planning using the principles of program logic, and outline key elements in developing program proposals, identifying opportunities for funding, creating a profile, networking and using the media. Objectives When you have read this chapter, you should be able to: plan strategically for working with communities, including program planning, networking and partnerships; know the processes of how to plan and develop community projects, including goals, objectives and strategies; identify sources of funding and other resources; identify key components of preparing proposals; discuss approaches to networking and using the media.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunity Nursing Practice
Subtitle of host publicationTheory, skills and issues
EditorsWinsome St John, Helen Keleher
Place of PublicationLondon UK
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages23
ISBN (Electronic)9781000249088, 9781003115229
Publication statusPublished - 4 Aug 2020


  • Communication in the community
  • Partnerships and networks
  • Program proposals
  • Project planning

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