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New Online Training: Feasibility Planning

Feasibility Planning for Public Health Business Plans, NWCPHP's new online course, is now available.

Feasibility Planning for Public Health Business Plans, NWCPHP's new online course, is now available.

December 14, 2011

Imagine you are a manager at a county health department. You want to start up a farmers market to improve nutrition in elderly people in the community. You know that this population lacks access to nutritious food, and you think that having a weekly market would help them make healthier choices.

Would this venture succeed in improving nutrition? It seems like a good idea, but how would you test it?

Determining whether an idea is feasible can be challenging. That's why NWCPHP is pleased to announce a new online training, Feasibility Planning for Public Health Business Plans. This training will take you through the process of creating a feasibility plan to determine whether a business idea is worth pursuing. The course will help you determine what to consider and which sources will provide pertinent information when writing a feasibility plan.

The course takes approximately 75 minutes to complete and can be taken in one session or over many sessions. It's available at no cost to the public.

Feasibility Planning for Public Health Business Plans is the second in a two-part series. The first course, Business Planning for Public Health Programs, will help you understand the basics of business planning and determine if writing a business plan is appropriate for your public health program. After these initial evaluation efforts, but before you invest the time and energy into developing a complete business plan, you can start with a short feasibility plan to find out if your idea will work.

At the end of the Feasibility Planning module, individuals should be able to:

  • Answer the question, “Is this a good idea?”

  • Gather data and research information needed to write the feasibility plan.

  • Write a feasibility plan (in preparation for a full business plan).

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