|Step 2: Planning a Successful Project
This entire Bulletin is a planning document, so it might seem odd to focus on operational planning as a separate stage. However, organizing how you're going to address a problem requires a different focus from deciding what problem to address. The second step of the Success Cycle will help you figure out how to address the problems in your community.
Why have an operational plan? An operational plan will help you identify specific tasks that need to be accomplished, decide how to delegate responsibilities, develop interest and enthusiasm for doing the project, and decide how to use resources. Planning also helps your group focus on a goal and builds teamwork.
Who devises the plan of action? Your key group does. This group should include members from, or people linked to, most or all of the groups critical to your success. Some of the people who helped in the assessment should be involved in the planning.
For small projects such as a community cleanup, only your cleanup group and a neighborhood representative are necessary. For large-scale projects, such as a drug abuse prevention program, you will want to gather not only youth but representatives of community organizations, government agencies, and perhaps the very people you want to help.
Now comes the most important part -- creating the operational plan. (See some key planning terms defined below.) Follow the steps below to formulate a successful plan. Use "Worksheet 2: Working Through Your Operational Plan" to take notes.