We often make action plans in order to keep everything in an orderly fashion. We make them to know that we are in control of the situation and can expect everything to go according to how we envision it. Which makes sense as that is how an action plan literally works. What we rarely do and often than not never heard of is doing an action plan after the action has been done. You may think this is not necessary since the action plans that we make will already prove the choice and the strategies that we do are a success. But what we don’t know and should know is that in every action plan we make, that is only done for the present. We never make after action plans for the future or to simply evaluate. Let’s take a look at what an after action plan is and how we make them.
An after action plan is a kind of action plan that you make once you have done all the activities or once the action plan for that activity has already been done. It is the type of action plan that people may not be fully aware of because it is not the kind of action plan some people may think about writing. But this action plan is important as well. The purpose for an after action plan is to answer a series of questions in the form of a strategic survey. It gives you an opportunity to know how the strategies you have done for your action plan may have worked. It can range from assessing the incident and how you have managed to maintain control of the incident or the activities at that given time.
Making action plans for the current situation may sound and look easy. Especially when you have already been doing it before. But have you ever thought about making an after action plan? You may not have heard about it or if you have, you may not have tried writing one. Well it is useful as well. To make it easier, why don’t you check out what things you will need to make your after action plan?
To start off the after action plan, you must first write the title of the action plan you are going to be assessing and evaluating for. This will mean that the action plan you have made that you think may need more improvement.
The current objectives should be based on your after action plan. Not the action plan you made, as that is different and will not cater to the after action plan. Make sure to know what your objectives are, let them be clear and concise and should also matter on your action plan. Your objective for your after action plan is to assess, understand and correct if possible.
In addition to the other tips, you must also take notice about listing down the incidents that happened. Whether these helped your action plan take form or not. These incidents will be assessed and analyze through your after action plan. Never be afraid to list everything down. The information will be very needed.
The assessment and evaluation should be about the current action plan you made. Assess what went wrong, from the incident to the strategies and even milestones.
An after action plan act as an after care action plan. It consists of the materials or resources that helps you assess and evaluate your current action plan. It also helps by giving you a good idea of how the action plan can be improved on.
The reason for this kind of action plan is not as common is because not everyone uses it. But it does not necessarily mean that it is not useful.
The difference in this kind of action plan is made in order to assess and evaluate the entire course of your action plan.
When it comes to assessing the things that happened after it happened, it is always best to make an after action plan. The after action plan can come in handy since it helps you see through the mistakes and the positive sides to your action plan. This basically helps you identify the strategies that worked well and those that do not fit.