Writing Your Blueprint


An inclusiveness blueprint is a plan your organization creates to ensure that desired changes you identified as a result of the information-gathering process are put into place. It is a plan that outlines your priorities and action steps for becoming more inclusive. An inclusiveness blueprint is a lot like a detailed strategic plan. It includes goals, objectives, tasks, timelines, and the party(ies) responsible for accomplishing each task. Return now to Creating a Framework for Your Inclusiveness Blueprint. Review the framework you created and determine whether it still meets your needs or whether it needs updating.

Then return to Making the Case for Inclusiveness and look at the worksheets you completed for Defining Inclusiveness and Diversity for Your Organization, How Your Organization Articulates the Four Imperatives, and Putting Your Case Statement Into Action. Decide whether the definitions of inclusiveness and diversity you created in the early stages of the inclusiveness initiative are still appropriate. If they need updating, the committee may want to delegate the responsibility for updating them to a smaller group. Similarly, determine whether the case statement you created is still appropriate. If not, the committee may want to delegate the responsibility for updating the case statement to a smaller group as well.


Writing the Blueprint
Your blueprint will likely include the following major sections:

Introduction to the Inclusiveness Initiative: Why you decided to do an inclusiveness initiative, the process you engaged in, definitions of diversity and inclusiveness, case statement.

Key Findings from the Information Gathering: A summary of the results of your research on available facts and stakeholder perspectives.

Action Plan for Each Prioritized Category: Goals, objectives, and tasks for each of the categories that you prioritized. The full list of categories is as follows:

  • Mission and Organizational Values
  • Board of Directors
  • Personnel
  • Organizational Culture
  • Volunteers and Helpers
  • Programs and Constituents
  • Marketing and Community Relations
  • Fundraising and Membership

Accountability: Your plan for evaluation, making sure tasks are completed, and revisiting the blueprint to revise it as necessary.

Conclusion: A summary of your initiative and the actions you plan to take.

It may make the most sense for different people to write different parts of the inclusiveness blueprint. Members of the Inclusiveness Committee who have knowledge of the inclusiveness initiative and the information-gathering process are good candidates for writing the first two sections of the inclusiveness blueprint - Introduction and Key Findings.

The third section is a compilation of the action plans. Each group that took responsibility for working on a particular category (e.g., board of directors, fundraising, etc.) can add narrative to the action plan it wrote.

The fourth and fifth sections - the Accountability Plan and Conclusion - may be written by members of the Inclusiveness Committee or senior management.


Writing the Executive Summary to the Blueprint
If you decide that the full inclusiveness blueprint is so long that some of the people you want to review it will likely save it for a rainy day and never get to it, then it might be a good idea to write an executive summary. Anyone on the Inclusiveness Committee who has a good grasp of the inclusiveness initiative would be appropriate to write an executive summary.