Planning and evaluation

Turning strategy into action

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Table of contents

What you find on this page

1. Overview

Translating your strategy into action

2. Top tips

Some tips to get you started

3. Inspire me!

Some examples of different institutions’ implementation and evaluation plans

4. Useful resources

Some exemplar implementation plans


The ‘Developing a Strategy’ section of our website outlined a step-by-step process of developing a strategy for your culture change programme. This involved securing the buy-in of colleagues, the development of a compelling rationale and ‘theory of change’ (using a logic model approach), and the development of a business case to secure the resources you need to deliver your strategy.

So, let’s assume you now have the buy-in you need, and a signed-off strategy. What next?

You will need an implementation plan or operational plan to translate that strategy into action, to help to organise your activities and ensure your activity delivers against your strategic goals.

Top tips

If you have developed a logic model to underpin your strategy, this will have given you a clear idea of the initiatives and activities you want to run and the timelines you are working with. These provide the foundations for your implementation and evaluation plan, which would typically include:

Get organised with a calendar

A calendar with any deadlines, launch dates, planning time, milestones and important committees highlighted. It would also make clear the order of activities: for example, if reports or actions need to be signed off by certain committees before they can take place.


Who is leading and who is supporting the different initiatives? Is any of the work dependent on work from other teams?


Including overall budget and a broken down budget for each initiative.

Inspire me!

Useful resources