Action Plans

What is it?

An action plan is an outline of who will do what, when, and how to achieve a specific objective, it forms a basis to 'get it right first time'.

When to use it

An action plan indicates 'what needs to be done' and in particular it can be used to:

  • co-ordinate the communication of a key message or implementation plan.
  • Plan the implementation of a project
  • Plan the implementation of a problem solution
  • Co-ordinate an activity such as data collection

What does it achieve?

Assembling together the action requirements, in terms of: people involvement, resources needed and any special dependencies into an easily understood plan will help you to:

  • Decide on priorities
  • Establish any inter-relationships
  • Assign responsibilities
  • Establish 'required by' dates
  • Review and monitor progress

By communicating the plan, everyone involved will know what is required of them, and when.

Key steps

  • Involve those who are likely to be affected
  • Ensure understanding
  • Establish what needs to be done when and then collate
  • Determine dependencies
  • Communicate information
  • Monitor and review

Typical Action Plan