Action plans

A commonly applied approach is to develop a five-year action plan/work programme is to  link each project to one (or more) objective. As there are many ways of creating an action plan, we cannot recommend a one-size fits-all approach. We can, however, provide a few general guidelines and options, these include:

  • Using codes to describe each type of project; this can be helpful when applied across several sites, enabling standardised reports and comparisons between sites.
  • Incorporating resource requirements, both financial and staff time, allowing information from the management plan to inform financial plans and be used for funding bids.
  • State both the anticipated budget requirement and the aspirational budget, e.g. by identifying ‘need to have’ and ‘nice to have’ components of the plan.
  • Develop GANTT charts to plan projects, especially where one task is dependent on another.

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