Take the time to do planning, especially at the vision and strategic priorities level. This work can help to guide your program, determine how to allocate resources, and identify where to put effort.
Invite and engage participation in developing your plans. This will cultivate interest and support and help you tap into a range of voices and experience that can shape an effective program.
There is no such thing as a perfect plan. Instead, consider it a roadmap. As you move forward and the terrain changes, so too can your plans.
Regularly revisit and adapt your plan to reflect ongoing input, new information and lessons learned, and the changing context you are operating within.
Don’t develop a strong plan then park it on a shelf. Reference these important guiding documents. Activate them with strong implementation measures.
Develop a strong operational plan that clarifies roles and responsibilities, work plans, budgets, schedules, etc.
Share progress and results from your program efforts. Feed this information back to the community, integrate it into the work of your organization or Nation, and use it to influence change and decisions in line with your vision.
Document and file the work of your program in an organized, systematic and retrievable way.