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> Priorities & Planning
After strategic information has been gathered about the community’s long term care and supportive services system—including the needs and preferences of older adults—it is time to analyze the information, set priorities, develop strategies and create the plan.
First, take into account the internal and external factors influencing the partnership’s efforts. Keep in mind that priorities should be aligned with the interests and goals of the partners, and that an honest assessment of partnership and community strengths and weaknesses will help ensure an ambitious, yet realistic plan.
Then, consider anticipated changes in the community’s political, economic and regulatory environment. Studying these factors can help determine the likelihood of success of selected strategies.
Balancing and aligning internal and external factors is crucial to prioritizing the improvements you envision for the community’s long term care and supportive services system.
Once priorities have been set, you will want to develop strategies that will lead to desired improvements. This involves creating multiple potential strategies, comparing them, and then choosing the best ones.
To transform these strategies to action, develop implementation plans that spell out steps, timelines, roles, resources and connections between plan components. Finally, you will want to communicate your plan to stakeholders such as older adults, the general public, policy makers and service providers.