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Developing a Plan of Action

 

Developing a Plan of Action 

The main purpose of Action Plans are to develop, in detail, who will do what, and how to achieve a specific outcome. Below are some questions to consider and a sample action planning chart. More sample plans can be found here.

Also, here.

 

Steps in developing Action Plans:

     Identify the Issues

     Prioritize the activities

     Identify Action Items

     Develop Indicators of Success - See Public Health Agency of Canadafor ideas


 

Identify the Issues

In order to effectively identify the issues affecting your community, you need to keep lines of communication open, talk to affected stakeholders, and stay abreast of current research and legislation.

 

 

Activity

Resources

Grassroots/Community

Stay in touch with any hate incidents or crimes that are reported through your local police service and media. Know what actions were taken and who was involved. Communicate with the targeted community to keep track of the atmosphere where the problem is located. Talk with colleagues to see if similar problems keep cropping up-perhaps you can identify patterns.




Mobilizing Target Communities, pg. 32

Local organizations and people may also identify problems. Develop grassroots relationships with key people through consistent, frequent communication. Then people will be more likely to talk about problems promoting an honest and open atmosphere where you can work together to identify and address problems.

   


Assisting Targets, pg. 34


 

Activity

Resources

Government Partners

Federal, provincial, and local agencies; partnerships; organizations; and interest groups can help identify problems. Participants, technical experts, affected publics, and interested observers will help identify problems and fill in the context. You may want to look at newsletters and records from government and private organizations

At times, you may be able to refer issues to other agencies (and vice versa); or you may want to bring that agency into a partnership to cooperatively solve the related problem.


Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics



B’nai Brith Canada

 

 

 

See role of other agencies pg. 41

Research

Stay abreast of any current or relevant research in the hate crime arena. Websites like those noted under resources are good sources.

Stop Racism and Hate Collective

   

Reading Hate: Hate Crime Research and

    scholarship in Canada

  

Legislation

Keep an eye out for legislative actions (criminal code, Human Rights Act) that may identify problems, mandate or affect other solutions


Media Awareness Network


 

 

Topic                               

What is the topic of the Action Plan? Express the topic and solution as a series of goals?

 

Generate Actions

Develop a list of action for each goal. What specific activity will be done to carry out the action? This is the sections where you provide specific details.

 

Responsibility

Who will be responsible for each action? Who will lead? What is the reporting mechanism?

 

Resources What resources are needed for each activity (financial, physical, human)?


Responsibility

Who will be responsible for each specific activity?

 

Time

What is the timeline? How will you monitor progress?

 

Output

What indicator(s) will be used to indicate the action was done?        

 

Status Comments

Updates are made to ensure all pieces are addressed.          


Action Planning

 

 
   
 

Rating Scale:   rank order from 1 (not as important) to 4 (very important)

 

 
   

Usefulness:     Does it advance our mission, values and goals?

Feasibility:      Given the resources we currently have available, how attainable is this goal?

Priority:           What is the need/necessity for/of this action at this point in time?

Cost:                   What will the cost of implementing this goal/action be in terms of money, time, and human resources?  In this category 1=unknown, 2=low, 3=under $300, 4=expensive (will require fundraising, grant)

Goals/Actions

Usefulness

Feasibility

Activity

Cost

Priority

Date

Who

Goal 1

Activity 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Goal 2

Activity 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Example of an Action Plan

 

Goals/Actions

Usefulness

Feasibility

Activity

Cost

Priority

Date

Who

Goal 1:

Host - Hate Crime Awareness Day

 

Activity 1:

Panel Discussion




Yes



Yes, refresh. donations/ free venue

(list all supply refresh./ donations

Get venue

Invite speaker

Identify moderator




$200.00




2




2011-04-24

Lead: 

Fred

Refresh: Salim

Venue:

 Hai

Speakers:

Annie

Goal 2:

Hate Crime Awareness Day

 

Activity 2:

Proclamation




Yes



Yes, letter to Mayor

Write & send letter

Invite Mayor to read at event




Free




1

2011-04-24

 

Send letter no later than

2011-02-28

Lead:  Monica

 

Write Letter:

Cst. Bob