HCBS Training

Brainstorming Outcome Statements

Developing Outcome Statements

activity outcome statements, the people you support, your workforce, people who provide services, the community, based on your discussions write down 3-5 outcomes, what are the outcomes across these four areas you will achieve when your vision for the future is met
  • Schedule 30-45 minutes for the activity,
  • Ask one team member to be the timekeeper,
  • Draw a box of four areas on the poster paper (as you did in the previous activity),
  • Draft Outcome Statements for each of the four areas as a team,
  • Recruit one person to record the potential Outcome Statements suggested by the team, and
  • Work together to  narrow the list to 1-2 Outcome Statements in each of the four areas.

The Outcome Statements should reflect the larger values that the team believes are important. These statements are not meant to be objective or easy to measure. Instead, Outcome Statements describe an ideal vision for the future. The team will use these Outcome Statements as a value-based guide while writing the goals and action steps. The team will learn more about how to measure the goals that are linked to Outcome Statements later in Module 7.

If the team has trouble at this stage, it can be easier to ask 1-2 people to draft the final Outcome Statements since writing as a group can be a challenging task. Once the Outcome Statements are completed, the team will connect this activity with the assessment findings that were gathered in Module 4.


Please use the MN Team Checklist and the HCBS Planning Tool to complete the activity.

Minnesota Team Checklist.  Item number 16 in Action Planning section.  The team uses assessments to agree on a reasonable list of goals and activities for the year. Score the checklist: 0 – planning not yet started, 1 – in progress, or 2 – fully in place.

Checklist item 16: The team uses assessments to agree on a reasonable list of goals and activities for the year.

Add your Outcome Statements to Appendix C under the corresponding area (i.e. people we support, staff members, organization, community).

Minnesota Team Checklist

HCBS Planning Tool

Appendix C Excel File

Appendix C Word Document  

For your convenience Appendix C is available in both Excel and Word documents. Please access the format you prefer. 

If you haven't already done so please use these links to access the tools.