Filtered by: Planning <Back to previous page A20 PlanningCareful planning takes time. It is easy to miss out this stage and just start doing things. However, time spent planning is never wasted. Good… B17 The work of the coordinating teamGood ideas need more than enthusiasm to be put into practice. It is easy to rush into new activities. The co-ordinating team needs to think carefully… C13 Setting aims and objectives A new group must take time to carefully agree on the purpose of the group. Most groups come together because members all have an interest in a… C14 Planning activities with the Five Finger method Once a group has agreed its objectives it can begin to take action. For successful activities, it is always helpful to first plan them carefully and… C15 Planning in a changing situation When a group plan their aims and activities, it is easy to be positive and to assume everything will go well. However, all kinds of things may… Creating positive changeWe want to see communities and individuals transformed and flourishing. But how can we help bring this about? What will it look like? And how can we assess whether or not we are making progress towards this goal? EditorialWhat makes a successful project? There are no easy answers. Community participation, a real understanding of the local needs and priorities, motivated and committed staff will all play an important part. Careful planning of projects is a stage that is easily missed out in people’s enthusiasm to get on with the work. Unless the people working for a project give time to planning and setting priorities and aims, they will not know whether they are achieving anything. They will be unable to ... Effective sanitation projectsby Isobel Blackett. What makes a low-cost sanitation programme successful? Are a lot of latrines in the project area enough evidence to prove that success has been achieved? How to prevent a second disasterBrother Lal, (not his real name) was perhaps the most outstanding Christian worker in the whole region – very committed to his work, active in preaching and teaching in several villages and most reliable. Planning a training programmeby João Martinez da Cruz. PRAIDS, an organisation dedicated to the care of people with HIV/AIDS in São Paulo, Brazil, realised that their management staff, workers and volunteers needed help to carry out their jobs adequately and to achieve all that was expected of them. For example, the workers expected management staff to deal effectively and efficiently with any problems facing the organisation on their behalf. Planning for sustainabilityby Karim Sahyoun. The idea of development is to bring about positive, sustainable change. Development should not be seen as something new to a community, brought in by outside organisations. Rather, it is an ongoing process which may lead to improvements in physical, emotional and spiritual well-being and which gives people encouragement and confidence to realise their potential. Project planning1. SETTING TASKS Any project is made up of tasks or activities. To make the project a success, the tasks need first to be carefully planned and put in order of priority. Here is a way of introducing some helpful ideas to your group or project workers. Setting prioritiesFor health or development workers, each day is likely to bring many problems and concerns that need immediate attention. However it is easy to let these immediate problems take over any long term planning. We all need to set priorities in our lives and in our work and try to make sure that these really do ‘take priority’ and take up most of our time. Otherwise we will look back over the past year and realise that we have not helped achieve any practical and long term benefits. Small business managementby Chris Sealy. The key to all successful business is getting the basics right. New groups can compete with experienced producers if they are able to offer better quality or better value for money. But often the problem is that groups spend their time trying to copy someone else’s success, rather than producing something different or original. Some tips for financial sustainabilityPlanning is important for financial sustainability. Start with your organisation’s vision and aims, and then look to see how that work could be funded. Stay focused on work that uses the skills, experience and knowledge you have within the organisation. Don’t plan your work or change your aims just to get easy funding.