Strategic Planning Toolkit: Step 4
Step 4: Implement the Plan
During the implementation phase, the action steps identified in the plan are carried out:
- Putting strategies to work
- Identifying low-cost and no cost activities
- Seeking new and ongoing support and funding
- Monitoring progress toward desired outcomes
- Addressing ongoing obstacles and barriers
- Modifying and redefining existing programs
- Marketing the plan.
The implementation phase is not the end of the process. It is only the beginning of a new way to coordinate community resources. The Forum recommends applying distributed leadership whenever possible, with everyone responsible and accountable for leadership in appropriate areas.
Recruiting and incorporating new resources into a comprehensive system is a priority for most communities. The steering committee should continue the data collection and analysis process to ensure an ongoing, objective view of community needs. Continually planning, monitoring and evaluating community resources—along with regularly consulting stakeholders with regard to their perceptions of community needs—is essential to ensuring that limited resources are targeted effectively.
Step 4: Featured Resources
Foundation Center. This resource maintains unique databases on the nearly 100,000 foundations, corporate donors, and grant making public charities in the U.S. and 2.1 million of their recent grants.
Funding Information Center. This youth.gov resource includes a custom search tool that enables searches of the Federal government’s Grants.gov website by youth topic or Federal agency.