Step 6: Agree on and develop an action plan

Step 6: Agree on and develop an action plan

Develop an action plan to meet goals/objectives of collaborative partnership


  • Have benchmarks been established? Where we are now (the baseline) and what do we need to achieve (the objective)?
  • What steps must be taken to reach these objectives?
  • What is the desired timeline for how long it’s likely to take?
  • Who will be responsible for seeing the action is successfully completed?
  • What resources are needed?
  • Has the scope of the collaboration been identified? Which activities are inside the scope of the initiative and which activities are outside of it?
  • What is the indicator (measurable outcome) to know the goal has been achieved?
  • Has a plan been developed to evaluate the collaboration?
  • Is there a plan in place for sustaining the partnership?

Review the objectives to determine if they are S.M.A.R.T.+C

  • Specific
  • Measurable (at least potentially)
  • Achievable
  • Relevant/realistic (to the mission)
  • Timed (date for attainment)
  • Challenging (requiring substantial effort)
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