Good Planning + Good Data = Positive Community Impact

SAVI Information for Communities Blog

By Sharon Kandris, Director, Community Informatics, The Polis Center at IUPUI

All of us hope to have a positive impact on our community. It’s why we do what we do. Nonprofits exist to help make the world a better place. But how do we make sure our programs and organizations make the greatest impact they can?

It starts with good planning and good data…planning that focuses on your end goal and data that informs your decisions.

3 KEYS TO SUCCESSFUL PROGRAM (OR ORGANIZATIONAL) PLANNING:

1. START WITH THE END IN MIND

Plan backwards, implement forward. Confusing? When you are planning your program, focus first on what’s important – what do you hope to change as a result of your work? What impact do you hope to make on individuals, families, policy? Once you establish your vision, then you need build a plan that ensures your program will have the impact…

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