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Example 1: Creating Action steps for your action plan

An action step from an action plan to prevent adolescent pregnancy follows (from the Work Group on Community Health and Development's Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: An Action Planning Guide for Building a Caring Community).

Community Initiative: Parent-to-Parent Initiative Date: 2/14/99

Action step or change to be accomplished: Recognizing and honoring parents and guardians who contribute to the initiative.

What actions or changes will occur: Parents and guardians who contribute (e.g., by helping lead parenting workshops) will be presented with some small token of appreciation (e.g., a gift certificate). Those who contribute significantly over a longer period will be publicly recognized at a community party with a certificate of appreciation and another, larger token of appreciation (e.g., a book or a free family dinner donated by local businesses). The recognition efforts should continue for the duration of the initiative.

Who will carry it out: The finance or business committee will solicit donations to give to the parents. The sub-committee that works on presenting the workshops should appoint someone to be in charge of making appreciation certificates and coming up with a way to present them at the end of the workshop. If a community celebration is called for, a sub-committee will likely be needed.

By when (for how long): Recognition should be a part of honoring contributors for the entire length of the initiative.

What resources are needed: Donations will have to be solicited from area businesses so that you'll have items to give to parents and guardians who contribute. The cost of the certificates should be minimal.

Communication (who should know what): We should contact the finances committee about who we should (and should not) approach for donations.

Example 2: Forward through Ferguson Action Plan

Image of the cover of the Action Plan.

Forward through Ferguson's Action Plan lays out the three Action Strategies that guide the organization’s work for the next three years as it works to achieve a racially equitable St. Louis by the year 2039, which will mark the 25th anniversary of the death of Michael Brown.

When the Ferguson Commission delivered their report to the region they named it “Forward Through Ferguson: A Path to Racial Equity.” The Commission wove together data and resident experiences into a sweeping community policy document that linked a specific traumatic event to regional racial inequity. They urged them to face inequitable reality. Only through confronting their trauma would they have the opportunity to move forward.

The Commission also endowed them with a compass aligned to their true north: Racial Equity—a future St. Louis where race no longer predicts life outcomes.

Read more about the action plan.

Download the action plan.

Jenette Nagy
Stephen B. Fawcett