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Determine your guiding question

As you begin your priority-setting process, it may be helpful to focus your team on a guiding question. Frame your guiding question to reflect the most important elements of your vision and mission. Are you striving for the quickest improvement in health, the greatest impact on health in the long term, the greatest improvement for vulnerable populations, and/or the most efficient use of resources? Your guiding question will help you keep the big picture in mind as you select priorities, and can act as a good check on your final selection of priorities.

Goal Sample Guiding Question

Quickest improvement

Where is the “low hanging fruit”?

Greatest impact on health in the long term

What factors most influence health?

Greatest improvement for  those most affected by conditions of poor health

What is the change community members most want to see?

Most efficient use of resources

How can we create a more aligned, coordinated, and coherent approach to improving health?

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  • Your team’s vision and mission statements

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