Define Action

The fourth planning step engages partners in deciding on measurable objectives, strategies and actions that align with and support achievement of the vision and goals.

Defining action involves cascading objectives, strategies and actions in a planning hierarchy that clearly sets out what you are going to do, how you are going to do it and who is responsible. Here are some things to consider as you define action.

  • The strengths, resources and ingenuity of all partners will make a difference to preventing violence against women from happening in the first place.
  • Evidence is your main guide – evidence-based action adapted to your local and regional context will deliver much greater return for your efforts.
  • Primary prevention practice is growing so it’s important to be able to measure efforts and use those findings to contribute to what works. This means planning for evaluation and putting evaluation processes in place from the outset.
  • Keep the action plan brief. Use a template and record other processes such as consultation reports and summaries of the evidence separately, either online or in hard copy form.
  • Maximise your effort and scarce resources by aligning your action planning processes with other organisations in your region that are working to prevent violence against women; for example, local governments and community health services.