Developing an Action Plan
Suppose you wanted to remodel your house to accommodate your growing family. How would you do it? Where would you begin? You might begin by hiring an architect, explaining your concerns about your house and communicating your “vision” for the remodel. Then, based on your input, the architect would draft a blueprint to guide construction. Then you would hire a contractor to put the plan into action, purchase materials, and hire subcontractors to work on each part of the remodel (e.g., drywall, plumbing, electrical, etc.).
With any large project, whether it is remodeling a house or improving sustainability in a community, planning is crucial. Over the past several weeks, you examined problems in your community. Now you consider how to address those problems by developing an action plan.
- Develop action steps for carrying out practices and interventions to address community problems
- Apply strategies to elicit public involvement in developing action plans
Application: Action Plans
Effectively addressing community problems, such as air and water pollution, poor public transportation, and lack of green space, requires careful planning. The planning process entails several steps. First, the community must identify and understand the problem and then choose practices or interventions to address the problem. Next, the community must develop an action plan to carry out the practices or interventions. Within the action plan, it is necessary to determine who will carry out the practices or interventions and when, what resources are required, what existing or future barriers exist, and which stakeholders should be informed of the practice or intervention. During the planning process, it is important to elicit public participation and involvement. An inclusive participatory planning process is effective in the long run because it often generates community buy-in and ownership of the action plan.
Reflect on the community problem you identified last week.
Using the Internet or the Walden Library, find and research one practice or intervention that would address the community problem.
Note: You are encouraged to use the Best Practices Database on the Improving the Living Environment website, which is listed as a required resource. You are also encouraged to use the following journals in the Walden Library: Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Sustainable Development Law & Policy, and the International Journal of Sustainable Transportation.
Develop the action steps you would take to carry out the practice or intervention. Specifically, consider who would carry out the practice or intervention, the resources needed, barriers to implementation, and who should be informed.
Reflect on strategies you would use to involve the public in developing your action plan.
The assignment (3–4 pages):
- Briefly describe the community problem.
- Describe at least one practice or intervention that would address this problem and explain how.
- Explain the action steps you would take to carry out the practice or intervention. Be sure to include the following:
- Who will carry out the practice or intervention
- What resources (at least two) would be needed to carry out the practice or intervention
- What barriers (at least one) might impede the practice or intervention
- Who should be informed of the practice or intervention
- Explain how you would involve the public in developing your action plan. Be specific and describe what strategies you would use.
Support your Application with specific references to all resources used in its preparation.
- Together Foundation and UN-Habitat. (2011). Best practices database in improving the living environment. Retrieved from http://www.unhabitat.org/categories.asp?catid=34
- Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas. (2009). The Community Tool Box: Community action guide: A framework for addressing community goals and problems. Retrieved from
- Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas. (2009). The Community Tool Box: Criteria for choosing promising practices and community interventions. Retrieved from
- Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas. (2009). The Community Tool Box: Designing community interventions. Retrieved from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/analyze/where-to-start/design-community-interventions/main
- Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas. (2009). The Community Tool Box: Developing an action plan. Retrieved from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/structure/strategic-planning/develop-action-plans/main
- Work Group for Community Health and Development, University of Kansas. (2009). The Community Tool Box: Participatory approaches to planning community interventions. Retrieved from http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/analyze/where-to-start/participatory-approaches/main