Bureaucratic Masochism ?   Unnecessary Red Tape ?

It often seems to be so.

All that time and effort for it to sit forlorn and forgotten on a shelf - except for the odd occasions when it gets looked out and dusted off in case a grant giving body, or visiting inspector, asks to see it.

And even then it’s pretty much a waste of time looking at it – except for getting that all-important “tick in the box” – because times and contexts have long since moved on leaving the business plan out-of-date and largely irrelevant.

So why does it always seem so important to invest all that time and effort to get ourselves tied up in so much “red tape” when there are more important things to do?  

Good planning helps a charity to achieve its charitable purposes more efficiently and effectively.   In a time where charity funds are getting even harder to obtain, being able to do more better with less is always a good thing.   Even more importantly it allows the charity to demonstrate its successes to its beneficiaries, volunteers, staff and the public - great for boosting morale and improving performance all round.   And of course, in order to get funds from donors it is vital to be able to convince them that the money they give will be well and effectively spent.

A guidance leaflet - inspired by the book "Will it make the boat go faster" (describing the approaches used by the UK Olympic Rowing Team to achieve their goal of winning the gold medals) - gives some suggestions on how to go about creating a Programme Plan, particularly for those getting into Programme Planning for the first time,   and

A Programme Planning template helps to get past the obstacle of "what to do with a blank sheet of paper".