Program planning is much more than just setting goals. It’s a process that helps turn goals into a road map to achieve success. According to research, companies that create detailed plans are 30 percent more likely to achieve their goals than those that don’t. Effective planning helps individuals, teams and organizations focus on their goals. It also gives a clear path to reach them, and also creates an euphoria of accomplishment that can be a powerful motivator.

One of the most important steps in developing programs is to determine their intended audience. This will ensure that the program is tailored to the specific needs of the audience. Determining the appropriate audience can ensure that the program will be accepted by the group which leads to greater effectiveness in terms and impact.

The next step is to pinpoint problems that the program might address. This could include identifying the underlying causes of the issues an organization tries to resolve for example, low wages/opportunities or the lack of resources like fuel.

It is important to keep in mind that programs can sometimes seem chaotic and confusing. It is helpful to consider programs as a system with tangibles, inputs and processes. This is particularly important when developing a new plan because it helps keep the aims of the new program in focus and in context with other initiatives within the organization.