Set objectives and interventions
Step 5

Set objectives and interventions

Establish priorities, responsibilities and coordination mechanisms and define resource needs.  


To coordinate and deliver a plan you will need to prioritise activity, ensure you have systems in place to coordinate activity and clearly understand what resources are needed to make it a success.  As mentioned in previous steps, you are likely to be constrained by limited resources (funds, support, capacity, evidence, and people) and therefore need to target your resources wisely to ensure your plan is effective and making an impact.  With a multitude of stakeholders and interest groups, your plan will also need to address and develop a way to coordinate activity e.g. who is responsible for what, programmes complementing one another, reducing partner/stakeholder dependency, spreading risk.  Once you have defined the availability of resources, the plan can then start to allocate responsibilities, targets and desired impacts. 

Why is it important

  • Allows you to focus activities
  • Understand roles and responsibilities
  • Match activity against resource availability 
  • Keep to the plan 

Challenges and considerations

  • Ensuring everyone is working ‘to plan’ 
  • Managing competing interests  
  • Changing group dynamics  
  • Dependency on key organisations/people  
  • Varying levels of resource 
  • Changing priorities  
  • External influences/pressures  


  • Project planning methods
  • Resource planning methods