A Guide to Developing Public Health Programmes

Published online: 
07 April 2006
A Guide to Developing Public Health Programmes.


The Ministry of Health has developed a Guide to Developing Public Health Programmes: A Generic Programme Logic Model to help people design and implement comprehensive, effective and measurable public health programmes that will deliver improved public health outcomes.

By developing a systematic programme logic for each public health programme, we aim to be able answer questions such as the following:

  • How do we know the programme delivered better health? Are we measuring the outcomes adequately?
  • What components are missing from the programme?
  • Was resourcing adequate for each component of the programme and for the programme as a whole?
  • Was the intervention mix effective? Was it based on evidence? Does it reflect the principles of the 1986 Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion?
  • Do new interventions need to be developed to have a comprehensive range of interventions available for each component of the programme?
  • Which parts of the programme are working? Which parts of the programme are not working? Do resources need to be refocused?

A comprehensive programme should be consistent with the Ottawa Charter and focus on:

  • a defined population’s health
  • addressing the determinants of health
  • reducing health inequalities
  • addressing Māori health by promoting the concept of whanāu ora
  • using evidence-based interventions
  • maximising the resources available
  • being outcomes focused.

The development of such programmes is an ambitious task; this guide is to help make it happen. The guide describes a generic programme logic model and checklist that are designed to guide people through the steps of developing a thorough public health programme.

Publishing information

  • Date of publication:
    07 April 2006
  • ISBN:
    0-478-29914-1 (Book), 0-478-29917-6 (Internet)
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  • Ordering information:
    Only soft copy available to download
  • Copyright status:

    Owned by the Ministry of Health and licensed for reuse under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence.

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