Best Practices User Guide: Program Infrastructure
This user guide focuses on the critical role of program infrastructure in achieving and sustaining tobacco prevention and control goals. According to Best Practices 2014, “program infrastructure is the foundation that supports program capacity, implementation, and sustainability.” In 2011, CDC developed the Component Model of Infrastructure (CMI), an evidence-based model that defines infrastructure in practical and actionable terms. The CMI includes five core components of program infrastructure: Responsive Plans and Planning, Multilevel Leadership, Networked Partnerships, Managed Resources, and Engaged Data. As programs are increasingly challenged to secure funding and support, building a strong infrastructure becomes even more important to sustain programs and achieve goals. This guide gives program staff and partners information on how to begin developing strong program infrastructure.