Checklist for Developing and Using a SWOT Analysis

A Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis guides you to identify the positives and negatives inside your organization and outside of it in the external environment. Program directors and management teams can use this resource in short or long-term planning. This checklist summarizes the major points for developing and using a SWOT analysis.


____ Your group or organization has determined, based on its strengths and characteristics , to use a SWOT analysis to help develop strategies for change.

____ You have designed your retreat or meeting as well as the form of the SWOT analysis you will conduct.

____ You have involved a diverse group of stakeholders in creating the SWOT assessment.

____ You conducted the SWOT analysis meeting and generated a list of internal strengths and weaknesses and external opportunities and threats.

____ You considered the SWOT factors from others' points of views as well as your own.

____ You have used your SWOT analysis as a tool to discover or confirm areas for action and improvement.

____ You have used your SWOT analysis to develop strategies for change.

Checklist for Developing and Using a SWOT Analysis. Renault, Val. Community Assessment, Agenda Setting, and Choice of Broad Strategies. University of Kansas. n.d. English.

Last Reviewed: October 2012

Last Updated: November 13, 2014