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Delivering an ICT plan
How does ICT link to other plans?
An ICT plan is just one part of the overall mix of plans that are under way at any time in any organisation, and your decisions about ICT must help to underpin other plans. Here are some ideas about where ICT may fit: Business plan ICT could help with: management information, financial information, competitor analysis, operational efficiency, cost effectiveness, service delivery, logistics, service development, internal communications, external communications, performance review, stakeholder relations. Staff development plan ICT could help with: assessing current skills, accessing training, elearning, continual professional development, monitoring and appraisal. Fundraising plan ICT could help with: identifying sources of funds, collaborating on bids, submitting bids, monitoring and managing funds, managing donors . Plans for individual projects ICT could help with: project management, budgeting, delivering project outcomes, feedback and review, monitoring and reporting.

What to include in an ICT plan
The following offers a template which can be adapted according your needs and preferences: Who is responsible for ICT planning and who else is involved in decision-making? The current overall goals and direction of your organisation A summary of your current use of ICT Key issues to be addressed Goals for the use of ICT in next three years Identify each specific ICT initiative you will undertake: A brief outline of this initiative (one-paragraph version) Objective for this initiative, for example: - “It will save us time by ” - “It will save us money by ” - “It will improve the quality of our service by What you think you need: - hardware, software, network, cables, etc - money, time, people. Known training and support issues Likely suppliers and/or procurement process Proposed budget and timescale for this initiative Summary of all initiatives Summary budget and timescale for all initiatives Risks as sociated with this plan and what you can do about them Overall schedule, next steps and roles for carrying out this plan Links between this plan and other plans

Getting help with ICT planning
Someone from outside your organisation could be a big help in preparing your plan. New input at any stage may shift your horizons, provide an extra pair of hands and introduce new ideas. Or you may want to bring in expert insight or pay for help to speed things up. They could help identify possible technical solutions, provide ballpark figures or talk to people who have successfully addressed similar problems. You may als o find it helpful for them to facilitate discussions and help resolve problems about conflicting priorities, as they could be seen as more neutral. Find out more about getting support with your ICT (/adv icesupport/ict/f urther-resources) .

Delivering an ICT plan
A detailed ICT plan may take a lot of time and effort to produce but can still be difficult to actually implement. There will be decision making delays, budgeting cycles and time needed to select suppliers, by which time the plan may have grown in size or lost its focus.

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ncvo-vol.2011 NCVO.org. Remember these key points: You don’t need to be an ICT expert to write an ICT plan. Registered charity number 225922. If it is not yet clear what your team’s ICT training needs are. Unless otherw ise stated. Related Pages: Getting started with ICT Getting started with ICT (/advice-support/ict/managing-ict/gettingstarted-w ith-ict) Ten ways in which ICT can help you work better (/advicesupport/ict/managing-ict/ten-w ays-in-w hich-ict-can-help-you-w ork-better) Does ICT matter to you and your organisation? (/advicesupport/ict/does-ict-matter-to-you-and-your-organisation) M aking change happen (/advice-support/ict/making-changehappen) Why should I write an ICT plan? (/advice-support/ict/managingict/w hy-should-i-w rite-an-ict-plan) Who should be involved in ICT planning? (/advicesupport/ict/managing-ict/w ho-should-be-involved-in-ict-planning) Where are you now? (continued) (/advice-support/ict/managingict/w here-are-you-now -%28continued%29) Where are you now? (/advice-support/ict/managing-ict/w here-areyou-now ) Where are you going? (/advice-support/ict/managing-ict/w here-areyou-going) Delivering an ICT plan (/advice-support/ict/managing-ict/deliveringan-ict-plan) Developing an ICT strategy (part one) (/advicesupport/ict/developing-an-ict-strategy-part-one) Developing an ICT strategy (part two) (/advicesupport/ict/developing-an-ict-strategy-part-tw o) Developing an ICT strategy (part three) (/advicesupport/ict/developing-an-ict-strategy-part-three) Developing an ICT strategy (part four) (/advicesupport/ict/developing-an-ict-strategy-part-four) Glossary (/advice-support/ict/managing-ict/glossary) National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO). Delivering an ICT plan | National Coun… At every stage produce an overview of what you’re trying to achieve and help people stay in touch without wading through technical details. Keep it simple. 8 All Saints Street. explain it to others and provide vital feedback as it is implemented. London N1 9RL. Focus on key goals and benefits for your clients or community and identify ICT solutions that deliver those benefits. Be sensible about timescales and remember the main purpose of any ICT plan is to agree a timetable for getting things done. Address: Regent's Wharf. Planning helps you to work out where you want your organisation to be. before deciding what technology you need to get there. If they understand the direction the plan is taking they are more likely to support it.5/10/2011 The big secret is to keep it simple. the content of this w ebsite is © 2005 . Telephone: 020 7713 6161.uk/…/delivering-an-ict-plan 2/2 . rather than being delayed while you conduct a needs analysis process that could take months. your plan should show how you’re going to tackle this issue in the future. Get help when you need it and make sure staff and volunteers provide their input at regular intervals.