|Action Plan Purpose|
|The MCH priority action plan is intended to serve as a work planning tool for MCH Implementation Team leads to plan and describe the MCH priority effort including goals, objectives, strategies, activities, timelines, person(s) responsible and progress reporting information. This tool is also intended to provide information to the MCH Steering Team to review and approve proposed priority efforts.|
This tool also provides a mechanism for the MCH program to integrate performance management principles and practices into the MCH priority work. There are progress tracking and update fields built into this template. This information will also be used by MIT staff and MCH Steering Team to review and reflect on success and barriers to the MCH priority effort.
It should be noted that this is not designed as a communication tool for external partners. Both the logic model and forthcoming MCH priority profile will serve as more effective tools for sharing the MCH priority effort with partners and stakeholders. Additionally, this tool is not designed as an individual work planning tool for staff or supervisors, though it may inform individual work plans, IPGs, or Gantt charts. The reason for this is that some staff members may work on multiple MCH priorities or multiple staff may work on one MCH priority. Though some evaluation elements are included in the action plan, a separate evaluation planning template will be provided for MIT use. This action plan represents the overall MCH priority effort.
|MCH Priority: Enter the name of the MCH priority. Printing and Formatting: Choose legal size paper and choose the Show Page Numbers option in the printer's settings. After inserting rows, choose Copy instead of Cut to duplicate a section, row, column, etc. |
Planning Period: Enter the dates that the action plan spans starting with October 1, 2015 to end date. Choose 18 or 24 months based on MIT knowledge of future priority efforts and preference for work planning.
Name of Implementation Team: Enter the name of the MCH implementation team (MIT) addressing the priority.
Team Lead Name: Enter MCH priority staff member(s) leading the effort and responsible for the implementation of the priority action plan.
Team Lead Email: Enter the email address(es) of the staff member(s) leading the effort.
Overview: Complete the fields as directed. This is a standardized field that will link readers to a new communication tool called the MCH priority profile. The CYF Branch Communication Coordinator will work in partnership with the MIT lead in the coming months to develop a one-page fact sheet that provides an overview of each MCH priority effort including background information; goals, strategies and objectives; partner involvement; contact information; and other information deemed important by the MIT lead. This MCH priority profile will be available for dissemination to partners and stakeholders and posted on the MCH website. The web link will direct readers to this communication tool.
Goal(s): Enter your SMART goals that can be accomplished in the next 1-3 or 3-5 years. Using the medium- or long-term outcomes from the right side of your logic model, reword into a statement of the change you want to see using the SMART form. The goal(s) may also reflect any MCH state or national performance measures depending on the priority area. The goals should reflect the medium- or long-term outcomes in the logic model. There may be multiple goals which, when combined, reflect the ultimate end goal of your work.
Data source(s): Enter the data source(s) you will use to measure the goal. Be as specific as possible.
Strategy: The strategies are the core components of the priority effort, or the broad approaches that will be implemented to achieve the stated outcomes. There should be a one-to-one correspondence between the strategies in the action plan and the strategies in the logic model.
Objectives: Complete the fields as indicated to develop SMART objectives. Add additional objectives as deemed necessary. The measurement of objectives should align with the short-term or medium-term outcomes in the priority logic model. Objectives represent specific, measurable steps that lead to the goal(s).
Monthly progress reporting on Objective targets will begin in November after implementation starts. Reporting details will be communicated at a later time.
Data source(s): Enter the data source(s) you will use to measure the objective. Be as specific as possible.
FTE: Enter an estimate of the total staff time required to implement the key activities to achieve each objective. This estimate should include both internal state staff and outside contractors funded by MCH Title V dollars. The estimate should align with the time frame of the objective, not the overall action plan time period. Consider the required planning, reporting, and meeting time of the total priority effort and distribute across the objectives.
Target: Enter the data point that represents the target that you hope to achieve in the objective.
Key Activities: Enter the key activities (aka action steps, tactics, or milestones) that you will conduct in order to achieve the objective. Add additional rows as necessary. Include as many activities per objective as needed to sufficiently explain the steps you will take to complete the objective.
Start and End Date: Enter estimated start and end date of each activity. These should be entered as mm/yyyy.
Responsible Persons/Group: Enter name of the person or group responsible for completing the activity.
Progress Status: Do not enter information into this field during the planning process. In November, enter complete, on track, behind schedule, and not yet started during monthly progress reporting.
Progress Update: Do not enter this information during the planning period. Enter desired notes or explanation of progress status during progress reporting. Reporting details will be communicated at a later time.
Additional Goals, Strategies, Objectives and Activities: Cut and paste corresponding fields for additional goals, strategies, objectives and activities.
Printing and Formatting: Choose legal size paper and choose the Show Page Numbers option in the printer's settings. After inserting rows, choose Copy instead of Cut to duplicate a section, row, column, etc.
New for FY2021: Proposed Standardized numbering of goals, strategies and objectives
Strategy 1.1 (strategy 1)
Objective 1.1A (1st objective for strategy 1)
Objective 1.1B (2nd objective for strategy 1)
Strategy 1.2 (strategy 2 for goal 1)
Number objectives through the plan as A, B, C, D, without regard to Goal or strategy number