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A SWOT Analysis is probably the most common and most traditionally used planning tool in social care services. It can be worth revisiting the basic principles however.

SWOT means Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats, and is particularly useful in generating ideas and problems with someone. A substantial square is drafted and split up into four sections each using one of the SWOT headings.

The questions below are useful prompts for discussion, with no judgements should be made concerning the issues identified, however unorthodox. Once ideas are already exhausted and entries made under each section, discussion can be encouraged about which factors are most crucial, what the priorities are, and exactly how challenges may be overcome

Strengths

 What advantages does your organisation have?
 What happens a lot better than someone else?
 What resources have you got usage of?
 What do people see as the strengths?
 What factors imply that you deliver services effectively?

Weaknesses

 What can you improve?
 What in the event you avoid?
 What are people more likely to see as weaknesses?
 What factors limit your skill to offer services?

Opportunities

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 Where would be the good opportunities facing you?
 What would be the interesting trends you are aware of of?
 What benefits are available for service users?

Threats

 What obstacles would you face?
 What is going on locally that you should bother about?
 Are certain requirements for the job or services changing?
 Is changing policy threatening your situation?
 Could all of your weaknesses seriously threaten assembling your project?

The aim of a SWOT analysis is always to bring out all of the issues, assumptions, hopes and fears that each person have within a safe, non-judgmental way.

All of us develop the foundation of assumptions, hopefully informed ones, however, there is always the possibility of confusing assumptions with facts. When you can be clear in what would be the facts and just what are the assumptions at the beginning of a task, this will help you manage risk and alter more constructively afterwards. By bringing these out to the open by having a SWOT analysis and reaching agreement on shared assumptions, there is an cause for an effective project plan.