A SWOT Analysis is possibly the most widely known and most widely used planning tool in social care services. It’s worth revisiting the basics however.
SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, which is useful in generating ideas and difficulties with a group of people. A big square is written and separated into four sections each and among the SWOT headings.
The questions below are useful prompts for discussion, no judgements must be made regarding the issues identified, however unorthodox. Once ideas have already been exhausted and entries made under each section, discussion can be encouraged about which factors are most important, what are the priorities are, and how challenges can be overcome
What advantages does your organisation have?
What is the next step superior to someone else?
What resources have you got entry to?
What do people see since your strengths?
What factors mean that you deliver services effectively?
What would you improve?
What in the event you avoid?
What are people planning to see as weaknesses?
What factors limit what you can do to deliver services?
Where are the good opportunities facing you?
What include the interesting trends you are aware of of?
What benefits exist for service users?
What obstacles does one face?
What is taking place locally that you need to be worried about?
Are certain requirements on your job or services changing?
Is changing policy threatening your posture?
Could any weaknesses seriously threaten your project?
The objective of a SWOT analysis is always to draw out all of the issues, assumptions, hopes and fears that differing people have in the safe, non-judgmental way.
Many of us work on the basis of assumptions, hopefully informed ones, however, there is always the possibility of confusing assumptions with facts. If you can be clear by what are the facts along with what are the assumptions at the start of a task, this should help you manage risk modify more constructively afterwards. By bringing these out in the open by having a SWOT analysis and reaching agreement on shared assumptions, you have the cause of a successful project plan.