Welfare to work and access to jobs issues are rapidly changing with new guidelines and tight schedules. Strategies, whether at a state or local level, must remain flexible and be action-oriented. Priorities within specific strategies may need to change in response to unforeseen problems or barriers.
Many regions begin the implementation process with the goal to begin programming immediately. While some programs may be implemented quickly, it is important to develop an implementation schedule that includes short and long-term activities. In addition to the schedule, a prioritized task list should be created, and agencies assigned responsibilities for completing each task. Typically, one agency is identified as a sponsoring or administering agency for each task.
It may be necessary to develop sub-committees to carry out the detailed planning associated with long-term transportation initiatives. Goals or performance measures should be identified for each transportation alternative and include anticipated results whenever possible. Establishing this type of baseline assists in the evaluation process and provides a method for measuring results. A plan should also be developed to address how long-term initiatives can be sustained and funded, and how programs that have met their needs can be phased out.