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AUICK Action Plan Progress Report, 2010

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3.1. The AUICK Workshop Action Plan System

AUICK has incorporated the Action Plan system into its Workshop project since 2005, as a way for the nine AUICK Associate Cities (AACs) to utilize the lessons learned from training programs in Kobe. The Action Plans, formulated by all workshop participants and based on the issues covered by the Workshops, improve service provision based on the specific problems faced by each city. The plans’ implementation progress is assessed through monitoring visits, interviews and surveys, and they also provide AUICK with a means to measure the effectiveness of its programme as a whole. 

This chapter is based on the findings from monitoring visit interviews and Action Plan Progress Report forms, through which participants detail the implementation status of the specific steps of the plans they have undertaken after returning to their cities from Kobe. 

During each Workshop, the participants (usually the heads of city government departments relevant to the issues covered) are given guidelines on effective Action Plan formulation. When making the plans, participants decide the problem(s) to be addressed, and the resources and support (administrative, educational, public, NGO, media etc.) necessary for effective implementation. A timeline for each Action Plan shows when every step is to be taken, and the steps usually amount to about 18 months’ implementation. The plans, though, are usually for projects sustainable or expandable beyond that period. They are formulated to get the approval of AAC mayors, and to be realistically achievable with each city’s available resources. In many cases, small pilot projects are started, with a view to their future expansion from the momentum achieved by their initial implementation period. 

For this report, the implementation status of each Action Plan is explained chronologically by Workshop, based on monitoring and surveys conducted from 2007-9. Each plan is awarded one of the following four categorizations as to its implementation status in 2010: 

Non-implementation                - the plan has not been implemented 
Partial implementation            - initial steps of the plan have been taken 
Substantial implementation  - the majority of the plan’s steps are carried out 
Full implementation                 - implementation of the plan is achieved 

Over the course of eight workshops from 2005 to 2008, a total of 71 participants have made Action Plans, which they have then tried to implement in their cities. Table 1 shows the implementation status of each Action Plan of the nine AACs, as of 2010.

Figure 2. Action Plan Implementation Status of nine AUICK Associate Cities (AACs), by AUICK Workshop 

Action Plan Progress Report form extract

As can be seen from Figure 2, total of 71 Action Plans were made at AUICK Workshops from 2005-2008. At the time of writing, 35 of the plans (50%) are fully implemented, 13 plans (18%) are significantly implemented, 11 plans (16%) are partially implemented, and 12 plans (17%) are classified as non-implemented . 

It should be noted that of the 12 Action Plans categorized as ‘Non-implemented’, only 3 are known not to have been approved for incorporation into the respective Workshop participants’ city administrations. In the other 8 ‘non-implemented’ cases (excluding one deceased participant), the plans’ progress is incalculable due to the transferal of participants from their positions, or non-communication of Action Plan progress to AUICK.


AUICK Action Plan Progress Report, 2010


Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 3.1.

Chapter 3.2.

Chapter 3.3.

Chapter 3.4.

Chapter 3.5.

Chapter 3.6.

Chapter 3.7.

Chapter 3.8.

Chapter 3.9.

Chapter 4

Chapter 5



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