Follow the steps and suggestions below to get started on your own Action Plan.
Begin with the end in mind. What do you want to accomplish? Identify the desired family engagement outcome you want to enhance or end result you want to obtain. In the sample Action Plan on the next page, the desired family engagement outcome is family well-being.
Identify a goal(s) to strengthen PFCE and improve outcomes for children and families. To choose, you may want to ask:
In the sample, you might have chosen a different goal to enhance Family Well-Being. For example, if your focus was on safety your goal might be: Offer opportunities for every parent to be trained on first aid or CPR.
Identify the elements (Program Foundations and Program Impact Areas) that you will focus on to meet the goal. Most goals will require work in more than one element (for example, in the sample below, professional development and family partnerships are both involved) and coordination of your work across elements.
Identify the indicator(s) that you will focus on to meet the goal. Again, many goals will involve more than one indicator. Consider how they link together. Efforts on one indicator can reinforce efforts on another.
Define the specific, concrete action steps you will use to make progress in each element.
Identify the people and any other resources you want to engage in order to support change or enhancement in this priority area.
Select a point person(s) from the team who will be responsible for seeing that the next steps toward implementing these strategies are taken, and for reporting setbacks if they arise.
Set a time frame for accomplishing tasks. Your time frame should include check-in times. These are times to check in on progress being made on specific tasks and the Action Plan itself. Keep in mind that your Action Plan is your plan. It is a road map, a way of tracking progress that you can adapt as needed.
Identify a measure of success that will indicate your goal has been met. If a goal is to be of any value, there must be a way to accurately define and measure it.
For example, see the Action Plan on the next page. Success is measured in a variety of ways which include: a) staff and families are able to describe asset-building practices and related benefits; b) ongoing monitoring documentation that confirms all staff members are assisting families with asset-building strategies; c) a specific percentage of families incorporating asset-building strategies into their family partnership agreement; and d) resources in the community are observed to be established, available, and used to support families in obtaining their asset-building goals.