Developing a Work Rights Program Plan

Once you have decided what refugee work rights program you would like to implement in accordance with your needs and landscape assessment and what capacities are required to do so, you will have to develop a plan for your program. A plan is a roadmap for your activities that will facilitate systematic implementation of a program and entails the following steps:

  • Program Name: What is the title of your program?
  • Program Summary: Provide a description of your program components, goals and activities sketch and a statement about how the program is expected to have a positive impact.
  • Identifying Program Components: Programs are made up of specific components. For example, the components of a legal assistance program might include training of advocates, advertising about services, advising of clients. Each component should link directly to the program objectives. When identifying program components, consider what will be useful to monitor the implementation of your program and how they inform the evaluation process. Examples of components are the following:
    • Disseminating information about legal services
    • Training of advocates
    • Provision of advice
  • Identifying Anticipated Outputs: What outputs will show that the components were implemented as intended? Outputs are direct products of program activities and are usually measured in terms of work accomplished. ie service delivered and number of people served.
If your component is… A possible output might be
Training of advocates







Number of people trained







When we proceed to evaluating the program, the anticipated outputs will be compared with the actual outputs of the program. If your objectives are not achieved, the difference between the anticipated and actual outputs could demonstrate why. By monitoring program outputs throughout the course of the program, you will gather information to make improvements while the program is still active.

Planning each program component

Once you have chosen your program component, each one needs to be planned. In planning each component, consider what the major activities are that need to be completed to make each component successful. Each component is made of several activities. List each of the activities necessary to implement your program. Some possible activities could be:

  • Recruitment of participants: How to enroll participants
  • Staff training: How and in what do staff need to be trained?
  • Other activities: Planning meetings, establishing standard operating procedures

For each of those, consider the following:

  • Scheduled dates
  • Who will be responsible
  • Resources needed
  • Location
Program Component Activities Dates Who is Responsible Resources Needed

Collaboration partners

Identify your collaboration partners and the roles each partner will play in the implementation of your program. Collaboration, including the development of partnerships in your community, is an integral part of effective programs. Effective programs enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of their efforts by developing partnerships with other agencies. Such efforts promote the sharing of ideas and resources.

Collaboration Partner Role of Partner



Budget of program

What are the anticipated costs of the program?

Cost for What? Anticipated Cost

Implementation barriers and proposed solutions

Refugee work rights programs can be difficult to implement and often face many challenges. What are your anticipated barriers and proposed solutions?

Program Barriers Proposed Solutions