Forces of Change Brainstorming Worksheet
The following two-page worksheet is designed for MAPP Committee members to use in preparing for the Forces of Change brainstorming session.
What are Forces of Change?
Forces are a broad, all-encompassing category that includes trends, events,and factors.
Trends are patterns over time, such as migration in and out of a community or a growing disillusionment with government.
Factors are discrete elements, such as a communitys large ethnic population, an urban setting, or a jurisdictions proximity to a major waterway.
Events are one-time occurrences, such as a hospital closure, a natural disaster or the passage of new legislation.
What Kind of Areas or Categories Are Included?
Be sure to consider any and all types of forces, including:
How To Identify Forces of Change
Think about forces of change outside of your control that affect the local public health system or community.
1.What has occurred recently that may affect our local public health system or community?
2.What may occur in the future?
3.Are there any trends occurring that will have an impact? Describe the trends.
4.What forces are occurring locally? Regionally? Nationally? Globally?
5.What characteristics of our jurisdiction or state may pose an opportunity or threat?
6.What may occur or has occurred that may pose a barrier to achieving the shared vision?
Also, consider whether or not forces identified were unearthed in previous discussions.
1.Was the MAPP process spurred by a specific event such as changes in funding or new trends in public health service delivery?
2.Did discussions during the Local Public Health System Assessment reveal changes in organizational activities that were the result of external trends?
3.Did brainstorming discussions during the Visioning or Community Themes and Strengths phases touch upon changes and trends occurring in the community?
Using this information, list all brainstormed forces, including factors, events, and trends. Continue onto another page if needed. Bring the completed worksheet to the brainstorming session.