2014 10 IdeasACTION PLAN WRITING GUIDE
description of why each person is important for your policy to be implemented. You shouldalso include information on how each contact relates to the policy itself: have you reached outto them before? Are they close to the stakeholders?Ex:
The Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network (Contact Lydia Bowers): TheRoosevelt Institute is a network of engaged millennials devoted to progressivepolicy change. Lydia would be a great person to go to if one needs help writingan action plan or has questions about the 10 Ideas Process.
How? (200-300 words)
This section should be a combination of strategies, tactics, and best practices (a lot of which isfocused on how you’re engaging those stakeholders you identified). It should answer anyremaining questions about how to implement your policy. This should be written in a similarway to the ‘Who?’ section, with bullets followed by short explanations. This section will varydepending on the type of policy you wrote and the levers that you hope to use to affectchange. A policy focused on non-profits will vary in the ‘how’ from one focusing on pressuringstate legislators to pass a law, and should be grounded in the desired outcome. Strategiesmight include building a network of volunteers to make phone calls, while a tactic mightinclude writing a letter to the editor of a local newspaper to increase awareness about yourwork. This section should also detail the kind of infrastructure one might need, such as anoffice, or the kind of fundraising that would be necessary to get the policy off the ground.Ex:
A tactic for making sure that your policy and action plans are well written andcomplete is sharing it among your chapter members and professors. They willbe perfect avenues for seeing what questions/concerns someone who isn’tfamiliar with your policy would have before implementation.
A strategy for writing this guide is to use the examples to both illustrate whatthe action plan should look like, and also include more relevant information.
In order for the action plan to be effective, the how should be a majorcomponent and have some of the most information about the path toimplementation.
When? (150-300 words)
This section should include a timeline of what to do from Day 1 to the Day (insert last day ofimplementation here). The timeline should include things like: which organizations/individualsshould the implementer reach out to first? Second? Third? What are the milestones that willbe necessary to implement your policy? Is there a length of time or period of time that shouldbe expected for the policy?Ex.1.
In the next week, begin to write out a first draft of your plan2.
Edit and show it to some other chapter members or classmates so you canmake your action plan the best it can be.