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Making plans

Now you have found out what could be better, think about the things that you could change. Agree to work on something that is important to people. Then make a plan. To make a good plan you should ask yourselves:

  • What do we want to change? Decide on some targets so you know exactly what you want to achieve. Make sure the targets aim for things you can really change. Make sure there are not too many targets and make sure you can reach them soon.
  • What will be different when we have reached our targets? Decide on the things that will change. Make a list of things that you will be able to check to make sure you are making a difference.
  • How will we know when we have reached our targets? Decide on ways of checking progress towards your targets. You might decide to look out for changes – by watching and listening. Or you might talk to people to see if they think things are changing.
  • What needs to be done? Make a list of all the jobs that need to be done.
  • When will the jobs get done? Decide when each job needs to be done and in what order. Decide on some deadlines for reaching your targets.
  • Who will do what? Make sure someone agrees to do each of the jobs. Make a list of all the people and the jobs they have agreed to do. Make a note of the people who have agreed to help.
  • Who will check on progress? Someone should have the job of making sure all the jobs are getting done. Decide who will have this important job.
  • What do we need to make things happen? Work out exactly what you need to put your plan into action. Remember, you might need: equipment to use, money to buy things, help from other people – and time to get the jobs done.

In action research you might use several different ways of finding things out at different times. Your ways of finding things out might change as you work through the action research cycle. This is OK.

  1. University of Cambridge
  2. Big Lottery Fund
  3. Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
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