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Community and Economic Development

Community and Economic Development

General

Managing Change

Managing change in your community can be difficult at best. You may often wonder why things are not happening as planned. This tool may prove to be beneficial in your planning process. It is fairly self-explanatory and can help you be aware of missing parts that prohibit successful change.

The affect of missing tools

Vision

Skills

Incentives

Resources

Action Plan

CHANGE

missing

Skills

Incentives

Resources

Action Plan

CONFUSION

Vision

missing

Incentives

Resources

Action Plan

ANXIETY

Vision

Skills

missing

Resources

Action Plan

GRADUAL CHANGE

Vision

Skills

Incentives

missing

Action Plan

FRUSTRATION

Vision

Skills

Incentives

Resources

missing

FALSE STARTS

Definitions

Vision: The question should be asked "how do you see this project impacting your community in 5-10 years?" This is your vision. The vision should be easily articulated by you and the key players who are involved with planning the project.

Skills: The plan may be great – but do you and your team have the expertise to carryout the plan. Make a list of what skills are needed to accomplish the project. Will you be able to rely on outside sources for assistance where your skills are lacking? Will you be able to learn the expertise needed?

Incentives: An area that is frequently over-looked when planning community-driven projects is what are the incentives to bring enthusiasm to the project . No matter how important, people look for how it is benefitting them personally. So, make certain that it is clear how those actions will affect them either financially, socially, culturally, or professionally. Spell out the benefits; it should be an intergral part of promoting your plan.

Resources: During the planning process there should be a budget for how much it will cost. Resources that should be taken into consideration are funding opportunities, potential partnerships that will assist in the implementation, staffing, and volunteers

Action Plan: There is a reason that 'action plan' is listed last on the grid. We may often start with this because we know there must be action for change to happen. However, though it is thought of first, it should be the last thing to revisit – because without all the other parts in place you may not be able to accomplish what you originally started out to do – resulting in false starts.