In Extension, a plan of work is a document that serves as a guide for program planning, implementation, and evaluation over a specific period of time. The Plan of Work guidance document can be found at the Planning and Recording Portal. Here are some resources for doing program planning and putting a Plan of Work together.
- Demographic Data Resources created by Applied Population Laboratory & Dept. of Youth, Family, and Community Development leaders and specialists.
- Including GetFacts – the APL’s interactive data portal featuring mostly infographics https://getfacts.wisc.edu/
- Summary of Findings from Wisconsin Extension’s 2018 Statewide Situational Analysis
- Access data resources that were identified and curated during Extension’s 2018 statewide situational analysis here
- You can filter the columns to more easily find resources that are relevant to your work.
- If the hyperlink to the resource isn’t working due to our Google Drive transition, you can contact the educator who found the resource (their email is included in spreadsheet).
Writing Outcomes & Action Plan
- Writing action plan statements that center inclusion and equity – see this article’s section on “Converting SMART goals to SMARTIE goals”
- More on Outcomes & Program Logic – sections 2-3, see this for help writing outcomes
- Verbs that can describe learning outcomes (Bloom’s Taxonomy)
To consider while developing programs:
- Incorporating Theory into Extension Program Design – pages 1-11 are most relevant, from University of Maryland Extension
- Community Toolbox from University of Kansas – includes tips and tools around community assessment, planning, intervention, etc. Under continuous improvement since ’94 and available in English, Spanish, and Arabic.
- Special journal issue on the Extension Program Development Model – for those interested in delving into more reading
Fitting it all together
- Logic Model Template – note, a logic model can be a helpful tool to visualize various components of your plan of work, understand how the different pieces fit together, and help guide evaluation