The grassroots development plan is the strategic framework for launching, following up and rolling out grassroots activities throughout the country. It is the outcome of study, evaluation and consultation. It sets out the goals and actions which will drive towards achieving the defined objectives. It is implemented by the technical department with continuous evaluation of progress and adaptation against outlined objectives.
Effective planning, however, needs to be a shared process that involves all the stakeholders. In the case of a grassroots programme, it is essential that links and partnerships be created with the government as well as other bodies to ensure continuity in the medium- and long-term. The first stage of development planning is to understand exactly what you hope to achieve and what you would like your programme/plan to do. An effective monitoring and evaluation system should also be designed to ensure that the programmes meet the expected outcomes.
Your objectives should be SMART: