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Human Resource Planning
A human resource plan is a systematic process of matching the interests, skills and talents of
individual community members with the long-term goals and economic opportunities in the
community. Like all CED activities, creating a human resource plan needs to involve the
relevant community sectors, so that their participation and input will lead to strong
Based upon an assessment of community assets and limitations, a plan aims to ensure a
good fit between program designs and the results that are sought. Recognizing that learning
and skill development is a systematic building process, a plan can also ensure that the
community provides the necessary comprehensive continuum of skill development. This
implies, for example, that when someone completes a personal development program (such
as a life-skills program), a succeeding step within the local human resource program uses
that accomplishment to teach a new set of skills that are part of the path to employment and
to other contributions to the community.
A clear human resource development plan can include benefits like:
Highlighting opportunities for strategic partnerships that allow communities and other
partners to share the benefits, risks and training costs.
Providing for the small successes that are encouraging and motivating for the community
and can show funders, community members and others that the program is on track.
Making it easier to evaluate progress (especially from feedback from clients) and to
present funders, partners, and community members with effective information about that
A very real need to see results makes planning seem wasteful of time, diverting efforts
from doing. Impatience with planning is always a challenge.
Public expectations may be unrealistic, looking for jobs as an immediate outcome.
Careful assessment may turn up more human resource...