Agree on actions plans—consisting of goals, strategies, activities, a timeline, and set of responsibilities—to provide basic guidelines for how desired outcomes will be achieved.
The vision and community values of the previous stage form the foundation for work done in this stage. The action planning process involves laying out a roadmap for how and when goals will be achieved and, significantly, who will be responsible for carrying out the actions and ensuring that the responsibility has been accepted. Creating a timeline helps to prioritize the strategies and activities; including measures of success provides a mechanism to assess progress.
By the end of this stage, the group will deliver:
- Goals and short-term, mid-term, and long-term strategies for achieving them
- A completed plan, with associated action plans and documents
- Memoranda of Agreement with agencies/entities responsible for Stage 8-Execution
- A list of group members who will help monitor execution
This type of collaboration uses planning as a valuable means to an end — taking action to implement the plan.