Choose Effective Policies & Programs

Evidence matters. Selecting and implementing policies and programs that have been shown to work in real life and that are a good fit for your community will maximize your chances of success.


The purpose of this step is to explore and select evidence-informed policies and programs to address priority issues. The guidance here will answer questions like:

  • How do I find possible policies or programs for my community?
  • How do we know if a strategy will work?
  • How do we decide what to do?
  • Who should help us decide?

Our Top Tools

These are our favorite tools for this step. You can find additional relevant tools in each key activity as well.


Looking for a quick primer on this step? Take this 2-page Shortcut with you to share with your partners. Use it to discuss where you are in your work and what challenges you face.

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