Task P One: Planning to Plan

The first step is to make a decision about how you will move ahead. The planning phase can be a very difficult time because it may involve delicate negotiations between boards, staff members, city councils, community organizations, and individuals.

Write down the plan for moving through this phase. It is essential. The plan should identify:

What steps will be taken and when

Who will be responsible for various roles in the process

How information will be gathered

How decisions will be made

Who will act as spokespersons for the group

When meetings will be held

How the process will be evaluated

How and when reality checks will be made

At the end of this section, a checklist of activities is given. Use this checklist as a starting point. [Also refer to Planning Phase Form A: Plan to Plan at the end of this section.]