Step 3: Create a PFCE Action Plan
Once you have completed a cycle of PFCE assessment, it is time to create a PFCE Action Plan. This written plan can be used to
inform your multi-year long and short range goals (i.e. Continuous Quality Improvement Plan, and Strategic Plan) in addition to helping you identify the PFCE challenges to be addressed. It will be your guide and focus your program’s efforts to enhance PFCE practices throughout your program.
Creating an Action Plan provides an opportunity to:
- create a realistic roadmap for change by organizing your ideas into concrete steps;
- track your progress;
- identify goals and then evaluate if and when they are met;
- adapt plans and goals in light of unexpected opportunities or obstacles;
- affirm existing PFCE skills encouraging leadership and staff to build on strengths as they develop new skills;
- continue positive change over time; and
- promote commitment to improvement in the area of PFCE by bringing parents and community partners together with staff and leadership. Together they can create a shared vision and specific near-term and longer term goals for improvement.
Strategies to Overcome Them
Change can be exciting. For many of us, change is also unsettling. For this reason, creating an Action Plan can pose challenges. For example, it may be a challenge to:
- find time for busy team members to meet;
- come to consensus on areas to prioritize;
- decide on realistic goals;
- identify steps;
- agree on a realistic time frame; and
- acknowledge signs of progress.
To overcome challenges, it can be helpful to:
- create a shared vision of the benefits of engagement for children, families, the community, and program staff and leadership;
- build trust and promote a sense of collaboration among family members, community partners, and program staff and leadership;
- keep communication flowing so that decisions are recorded and partners who may miss a meeting can stay informed; and
- return regularly to the vision and its benefits to keep challenges in perspective.