LEAP for Health

LEAP stands for Learning, Evaluation and Planning. There are a number of versions of the LEAP framework. LEAP for Health aims to help those who work in community health settings to plan and evaluate their work in partnership with one another and with members of the community they seek to help. The LEAP approach emphasises self-evaluation, encouraging participants (or stakeholders) to take joint responsibility for planning and evaluation throughout a project or programme.

The main aim of the LEAP for Health resource are to enable those who use it to:

  • clarify what is involved in community health and well-being and help stakeholders agree on an agenda
  • plan activities
  • identify appropriate evaluation indicators
  • provide evidence of what has been done
  • provide evidence of what difference it has made to individuals and communities
  • learn from practice experience to improve effectiveness

Useful diagrams illustrate the five steps to the LEAP framework, with examples set to take you through the process.

By Scottish Community Development Centre. Published by Health Scotland for NHS Health Scotland (2003)