What criteria should the action plan meet?

It should of course clearly state the objective, what has to be done, the timetable and the financial conditions. At the same time, the action plan should be flexible since you may need to revise it in response to new developments or new discoveries you make in the course of the projectt. On this point, see also the cluster ‘Monitoring and evaluation'.

Specific points that should be covered in an action plan for a transition are:

  • You have defined the envisaged contribution to the social challenge
  • You have a clear impression of obstacles that your prject can meet based on a system analysis or historical analysis or on the experiences of other innovative projects and translated into activities. And you have defined what you are you going to do to address them
  • You have defined the key actors
  • You have secured the commitment of your partners and it is clear what they need to do differently. You have made agreements on this that can be adjusted in the course of the experiment if necessary
  • You have identified gaps in knowledge and incorporated possible consequences into your plan
  • You have formulated learning objectives and translated them to the action plan - for specific questions about learning, see the cluster ‘Monitoring and evaluation
  • You have given the project a title that is inspiring and sparks curiosity, and perhaps also devised an appealing symbol or logo
  • You have planned activities, capacity and money to generate further support for the project in the relevant organisations and for lobbying.