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Additional Tools for Planning

  • The Planning Basics Guide, developed by NC Division of Aging and Adult Services and CARES, provides information on the practicalities of recruiting and managing planning groups, as well as information and links regarding such topics as logic models, sources of data, and developing outcome measures.
  • There are quite a few sites on the development and use of Gantt charts in planning. Here are two:
    • Gantt charts, a site sponsored by a software maker, has a description, history, vocabulary, and examples.
    • Mind Tools provides a description of how to develop a Gantt chart.
  • Appreciative inquiry starts with the question, "What is working well?" This approach identifies strengths and capacity in communities, organizations, and individuals as the basis for making change. To learn more, visit the Appreciative Inquiry Commons.
  • Logic models are a staple of planning, because they help planners focus on the outcome they desire to see and work backward through the actions they will need to take to produce the outcome. A search of the web will generate many sites, among them this concise guide from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.
  • The Effective Meetings website has a wealth of information on how to plan and conduct productive meetings.

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