Preparation

Record your intervention goals and objectives

If you and your partnership have not formed your intervention goals and objectives, you will need to work with your partners to do so. Although you may refine your goals and objectives, it is important to start with some idea of what you want to accomplish for this intervention.  The goal of these interventions is to enhance supportive relationships among family members, friends, colleagues or neighbors, organizations, or community representatives in order to promote behaviors towards the prevention and control of tobacco use.  In turn, these behavior changes can help to improve quality of life or reduce risk for tobacco-related health problems and associated medical costs.

Example of a tobacco supportive relationship intervention goal and objective:

  • Goal: Reduce the prevalence of tobacco use in your target population
  • Objective: Reduce the proportion of people in your target population who smoke by 15%.

With supportive relationships, as with other efforts to prevent or quit tobacco use, it is important to set attainable and realistic goals and objectives. This usually requires having a good idea of the community’s needs and may require the development of intermediate outcomes such as changes in attitudes or readiness to use tobacco cessation products.

It may be helpful to create a logic model to organize your goals, objectives and the action steps to meet your goals and objectives. Some funding sources have very specific logic models for your partnership to use, so be aware of different requirements. For more information on developing goals and objectives, visit Preparing for Your Intervention in Readiness and Preparation.

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