1. Clearly define your goals.
2. Conduct a survey to gather information on the
situation in your community.
- Identify the problem.
- Determine the causes of the problem.
- Establish the action to be taken.
3. Determine the scope and limitations of your action.
- How will the community benefit from your action?
- What are the costs associated with carrying out the
- What are the main obstacles that will be encountered?
Can they be overcome? If so, how?
- How much time do you have to achieve your goals?
- How will the results of the action be disseminated?
- How will you assess the project results?
4. Consult with the community to obtain the support
required to carry out the project.
- Who are the key people or key organizations (e.g.
schools, school boards, municipal council, chamber of
commerce, volunteer organizations, etcetera) that can
support your project?
- What type of support can they provide?
- How will you involve them in your project?
- Allow for others' input to modify your plan.
- Ensure that all members of your group agree with the
5. Put your action plan in writing.
- Define the major steps in the action plan.
- Assign the various tasks among the group members.
- Establish a schedule with a deadline.
- Present a budget and verify expected sources of
6. Implement your community action plan.
7. Conduct an evaluation of your community action.
- Were your goals met?
- Were the results of your action plan what you
- Did you accomplish your action plan within your
- What were the strengths and weaknesses of your action
- How did your community react to your actions?
8. Disseminate the results of your community action.
- Publish the results in local newspapers, prepare posters
and folders, and disseminate the results on the Canadian