Information on Setting Aims and Objectives by paulj

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									                  Information on Setting Aims and Objectives



     An aim is an overall goal or target

     Objectives are the milestones which need to be achieved in order to reach
      that goal

     Objectives are usually short-term whereas an aim is likely to be relatively
      long-term

     In order to know how well we are progressing towards an aim, we need to
      measure how successful we are being in achieving our objectives

     By setting SMART objectives we are better able to measure our progress in a
      rational and impartial way

     Setting clear aims and objectives can provide a strong basis for a focussed
      action plan

     Using “strong” verbs (action words) will help in setting specific and
      measurable objectives

      Examples include:




        contact                         draft                      investigate


        report                          cost                         design


       produce                          visit                        present


        attend                 hold (as in an event)               distribute




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Responsibilities:




Rewrite these as 'sharp' action
points
• Get together information about
prices for hiring equipment which
we could use at a fair or fun day

• Talk to people around the area
and try and find out if there is
interest in taking this idea
forward

• See if we can get a rota of
helpers to take part in a “tidy up”
day

Tips on Developing Action Plans


What is an action plan?

      An action plan is an opportunity to turn your ideas or goals into reality.

      An action plan outlines the steps your group will use to meet its aims and
       objectives.

Why develop an action plan?
      Developing an action plan is a critical first step toward ensuring project
       success.

      An action plan may lend credibility to your organization, increase efficiency,
       and provide accountability.

      In addition, the action plan provides a tool for mobilizing the group and
       encouraging members to share responsibility for solving the problems and
       achieving the aims which have been set.
      It can be used to focus people on the changes you are trying to put in place.

Who develops the action plan?

      The whole group should be involved in developing the action plan; you may
       choose to set up smaller groups or sub-groups to focus on specific action
       plans
      It is a good idea to put someone in charge of the process; they should also
       check progress and report back to the rest of the group regularly
      Actions identified as part of the plan should be shared out appropriately and
       not all left to one person!


How do I develop an action plan?


      Your goal or aim will provide the backbone of your action plan.

      Your action plan should include the strategies you plan to use and the action
       steps you will take to achieve your aims and objectives

      For each action step or change to be achieved, list the following,

                     What actions or changes need to occur
                     Who will carry these out
                     What resources are needed
                     Timescale for completion; it is often helpful to “work
                      backwards” from a finish date

								
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