Commit and Assess
There is little value in planning if you are not committed to seeing the plan through completion. Both you and the other members of the workgroup need to be willing to dedicate time to the planning process. Depending on the size of your organization and the scope of your plan, the time commitment and resources will vary. Developing a timeline and identifying necessary resources will help people know what type of commitment is involved.
It is hard to see clearly how your organization should address health literacy if you don’t know where you are currently. It’s easy to make assumptions about current practices and structures, but you don’t want to build your plan on assumptions or one person’s opinion. Therefore, an honest assessment is necessary to identify opportunities and barriers to improving health literacy in your organization. As you conduct your assessment, engage multiple stakeholders in the process. Multiple assessment tools are available that may be helpful.