HCBS Training

Moving from Assessment to Action Planning

If you change nothing, nothing will change.

In Module 4, the team assessed the strengths of HCBS and made a list of the areas where person-centered practices can be improved. The next step is to use this assessment to create an action plan. The action plan will be driven by the values of the team. Item 16 on the Minnesota Team Checklist encourages the team to choose 3-4 goals and activities that can be completed during the year, are doable, and will make the biggest impact on HCBS. It is important to choose goals that are practical and fit in with the work already taking place. Goals that are too large or too hard to achieve are often left undone.

The self-assessment the team worked on in Module 4 helped the team understand that the values of everyone involved in HCBS are important.  One way to make sure that HCBS changes are guided by the values of people receiving services, staff, family, and community members is to complete the next activity in this module: Vision Boards and Outcome Statements.

Action plan graphic

The Vision Board and Outcome Statement Activity is used to align team values with the action-planning process. This Vision Boards and Outcome Statements Activity is adapted from the work of Michael Smull and his colleagues in Support Development Associates. You can learn more about Smull’s work in the Module 5 Resource page . This activity will help your team create a long-term plan that reflects what is important to and important for people involved in HCBS.


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.

Once you have completed the Vision Board activity take a picture of both Now and Future Vision Boards. 

Minnesota Team Checklist

HCBS Planning Tool

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