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The order in which process steps are completed depends on where you are in your planning process. Steps may be completed in a linear fashion, as an iterative process, or you might find value in conducting a step individually. Steps are intended to be selected and applied based on the identified needs of your program. To select appropriate steps for your program, it is important to understand the relationship between the steps, and to note the objectives of, and prerequisites for, each step. Your program should identify which of these prerequisites have already been attained before identifying what is yet to be completed. For example, partnerships (Developing Multi-sector and Non-traditional Partnerships) are a useful tool to ensure the overall sustainability of a program (Ensuring Sustainability). If your institution has already established and bolstered the relationships necessary to implement a successful program, it might be more beneficial for you to focus on other steps. The following flowchart is intended to help you identify which step(s) you should focus on, to ensure the most effective application of the planning process to your initiative.

This graphic provides a visual representation of the relationship between program planning steps, and individual activities which can be conducted in support of each step.   Its intended purposed is to assist practitioners in determining which step is the most appropriate starting point for their program.

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