Planning under the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program is a multi-step process of determining where needs are greatest, developing services to address those needs, and examining service delivery to determine their effectiveness. Planning is carried out in different ways, depending on the program and services being delivered.
- Community-wide and state level planning (under Ryan White Part A and Part B) covers a large geographic area and various populations. Part A and B planning entails a sequence of tasks to assess needs, determine how to address and fund those needs, and coordinate services with other Ryan White Parts (programs) and other payers.
- Planning undertaken by clinics and other service agencies involves examination of epidemiologic and service delivery data to identify needs in the service delivery area. This type of planning is then used to guide decisions about how to deliver services.