In the coming newsletters, we will continue to unpack the Urban Diabetes Action Framework step by step. Last time we looked at Step 2, which was about securing commitment and attracting stakeholders. This week we profile step 3  – Designing the intervention.

The Urban Diabetes Action Framework (UDAF) is your companion to kick-start your public health project. An interactive guide (PDF) helps you develop public health interventions to prevent diabetes and obesity. UDAF could also be the catalyst your initiative needs to be more impactful if you have already launched.

I invite you to explore the Framework on our website ( and share it with your partners. Let us now unpack Step 3.

Action Framework: Step 3
Once you have worked through Steps 1 and 2, you will be ready to design your intervention – No doubt, this can be an overwhelming stage. Still, by following the steps and using the tools in UDAF, you will look at what has achieved desirable results elsewhere, generate new ideas and prioritise the best ideas for addressing the problem. The result will be a description of the activities from which you can select the best. It’s a crucial stage and will lay the groundwork for the planning and execution to follow.

Let’s have a look at the task list:

1. Explore activity options - You are ready to focus on which activities your intervention should contain to achieve its intended targets. Review the literature on your chosen problem to discover what has and has not worked elsewhere. This will allow you to leverage the work of others and demonstrate that your approach is viable. The intervention options overview guides you to assess how various intervention activities can be used as mechanisms for change.

2. Analyse and prioritise intervention activities – You should now engage relevant stakeholders in brainstorming, discussing and prioritising activities to be included in the intervention. Ensure that you keep in mind the outcome targets that the activities need to contribute towards achieving. Use the change mechanism planner (included) to structure your information.

3. Finalise the intervention design – Time to reach a consensus with your coalition! Having shortlisted the best activities, you are ready to create a detailed description of your intervention(s). The activity description sheets will help keep you focused on how they will impact the target behaviour and achieve your goal.