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Choosing projects

In any moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing, the next best thing is the wrong thing, and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

—Theodore Roosevelt

Collaborative efforts often fail due to too much talk and not enough action. For a Community Led Impact Partnership to succeed, you need to be focused on getting Projects moving you towards your Vision.

Turning talk and agreement into action requires, wait for it, an Action Plan! Specific actions that produce community led results include:

  • Identifying two or three Projects or Action Plans to achieve the overall Vision using Outcomes and Measures to define the results you want to see.
  • Establishing detailed Action Plans for each Project that includes clear roles, responsibilities and deadlines.

If the overall Vision is about rebuilding the local business economy, for example, two Projects might be: a “Buy Local campaign” and a “Pop-up Shop” initiative aimed at creating a vibrant and entrepreneurial spirit in otherwise vacant buildings.


Note | Quick wins
Your project may have big issues that need to be addressed over a longer time and need extra resources. However, there could also be some short term / low cost actions you could be implementing to get some momentum. So, make sure to look for Quick Wins. Look for low-cost or no-cost projects (or actions within a project) as well as more substantial projects.

Note | 90 day planning cycles
You might consider thinking of this Clip One Page Plan as a “90 Day Action Plan” since putting a timeframe on actions creates urgency and momentum. There is a danger in spending too much time planning and not enough time doing. 90 day planning cycles mean you can’t get too ambitious and you can make a start. Reviewing / learning / adjusting every 90 days helps to keep on track.


Remember, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to Community Led Impact Partnerships. Some projects need more than the planning process described here. In fact, there are many different methodologies for creating community change and economic development. Some suit small projects, some are perfect for more complex long-term change programmes.

To understand if a more complex methodology might be right for your Community Led Impact Partnership, have a look at Dive Deeper to see what is on offer.

Actions

  1. Review the CLIP One Page Plan and identify two to three Action Plans that will create the most impact.
  2. Insert a brief title for each action plan into the space provided in the CLIP One Page Plan (note: we recommend starting with just a few action plans initially, especially if the Action Team is small).
  3. Define the Outcome(s) and Measure(s) for each Action Plan. Develop Outcomes that are Specific, Consistent, Observable, Realistic and Exciting (SCORE).
  4. Write the Outcome(s) and Measure(s) for each Action Plan into the space provided in the CLIP One Page Plan.
  5. Define what Actions you will need to implement these Projects and write the major Actions into the space provided in the CLIP One Page Plan.
  6. Agree who will do the Action (there may be more than one person or organisation). Set a deadline for the achievement of  each Task. Write these down within the CLIP One Page Plan. Note # 1: Each Task might need a number of sub-tasks which don't need to be written up here and which can be managed by using the Meeting Minutes tool. Note #2: For more complex Action Plans use the Action Plan Template in the Toolkit below.