Why do Plans of Work?
Certainly not to check a box, but to continue our collective efforts to set priorities, plan our programs and work, document impactful programming, and adaptively learn about our organization. We know from research and experience that planning is an important predictor of “doing” – in this case conducting excellent educational programming that leads to impactful outcomes.
Plans of work will ensure that the important contributions of Cooperative Extension staff and faculty can be communicated to funding partners (e.g. AEDs communicating with county boards). They will also contribute greatly to Institute leaders and members understanding of the work being done in each program area and better support individual and collective work. Plans of work will also support colleague reflection on the prior year’s work and planning for the upcoming year as a part of the annual performance review process.
Our intention is for the planning process to strengthen our work and for colleagues to feel supported in the process. This year we are taking a first step and the process and template will evolve over time; we are not striving for perfection.
Each programming area has coaches that have volunteered to assist, as needed, with the plan of work process. We are asking you to write a Plan of Work that covers 1-2 priorities, email it to your program area/institute-designated coach and your supervisor, and take their feedback into consideration while working on an updated version due April 30.
February-March: Draft plan of work, consult with coach & supervisor
March 31: Send to coach & supervisor
April 30: Plan adapted based on coach & supervisor review
Throughout year: revisit and adapt plan as needed – living document
Flexibilities & Clarifications:
- If you have already made significant progress on a Plan of Work for this year using a different template, please update to address the guiding questions at the beginning of the attached version; you do not need to follow this format exactly.
- We are asking for a one year plan of work to begin. There will be some situations where it makes more sense to write a two-year plan right away. It is up to you and your coach/supervisor to scope out the timeframe for the plan.
- The FoodWIse team has already implemented plans of work and new colleagues hired since 1/1/18 will be supported to complete plans of work within the first six months of hire.
- Operations and colleagues in support/service roles can use this process to be proactive in designing and implementing high quality, essential support services. Please talk to your supervisor to determine how the plan of work process may or may not relate to your position.
- You will receive more information regarding colleagues who have agreed to support you in writing your plan from your current unit or program area in the next week or so.
- We have also initiated conversations with Academic Department Chairs about the faculty role in work planning and will continue that conversation. Faculty are, of course, a critical part of our programming and scholarship.
Current Plans of Work: