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MAPP Framework Cheat Sheet (DRAFT) by [deleted]

This is a draft cheat sheet. It is a work in progress and is not finished yet.

Introd­uction to MAPP

Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partne­rships (MAPP) is a commun­ity­-driven strategic planning process for improving community health. Facili­tated by public health leaders, this framework helps commun­ities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. MAPP is not an agency­-fo­cused assessment process; rather, it is an intera­ctive process that can improve the effici­ency, effect­ive­ness, and ultimately the perfor­mance of local public health systems.

Phase I: Organize

The first phase of MAPP involves two critical and interr­elated activi­ties: organizing the planning process and developing the planning partne­rship. The purpose of this phase is to structure a planning process that builds commit­ment, engages partic­ipants as active partners, uses partic­ipants' time well, and results in a plan that can be realis­tically implem­ented.

Phase 2: Visioning

Visioning, the second phase of MAPP, guides the community through a collab­ora­tive, creative process that leads to a shared community vision and common values.

Vision and values statements provide focus, purpose, and direction to the MAPP process so that partic­ipants collec­tively achieve a shared vision for the future. A shared community vision provides an overar­ching goal for the commun­ity—a statement of what the ideal future looks like. Values are the fundam­ental principles and beliefs that guide a commun­ity­-driven planning process.

Because visioning is done at the beginning of the MAPP process, it offers a useful mechanism for convening the community and building enthusiasm for the process, setting the stage for planning, and providing a common framework throughout subsequent phases.

Phase 3: Assess­ments

Each assessment will yield important inform­ation for improving community health, but the value of the four MAPP Assess­ments is multiplied by consid­ering the findings as a whole. Disreg­arding any of the assess­ments will leave partic­ipants with an incomplete unders­tanding of the factors that affect the local public health system and, ultima­tely, the health of the community.

MAPP Model

Phase 4: Strategic Issues

During this phase of the MAPP process, partic­ipants develop an ordered list of the most important issues facing the community. Strategic issues are identified by exploring the conver­gence of the results of the four MAPP Assess­ments and determ­ining how those issues affect the achiev­ement of the shared vision.

Phase 5: Goals / Strategies

During the Formulate Goals and Strategies phase of the MAPP Process, partic­ipants take the strategic issues identified in the previous phase and formulate goal statements related to those issues. They, then, identify broad strategies for addressing issues and achieving goals related to the commun­ity's vision. The result is the develo­pment and adoption of an interr­elated set of strategy statem­ents.

Phase 6: Action Cycles

The Action Cycle links three activi­tie­s—P­lan­ning, Implem­ent­ation, and Evalua­tion. Each of these activities builds upon the others in a continuous and intera­ctive manner. While the Action Cycle is the final phase of MAPP, it is by no means the "­end­" of the process. During this phase, the efforts of the previous phases begin to produce results, as the local public health system develops and implements an action plan for addressing priority goals and object­ives. This is also one of the most challe­nging phases, as it may be difficult to sustain the process and continue implem­ent­ation over time.