Develop a SART
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Goals and Objectives

Action Plan

Action plans lay out the main steps in carrying out a specific objective. In addition to the steps, action plans can include the responsible persons, completion dates, and resources required. Your plan also should document potential barriers and potential allies to engage so that you can address challenges proactively.

Action Step

Persons Responsible

Date Completed

Resources Required

Potential Barriers or Resistance


What will happen?

Who will do what?

Timing of each action step

Resources and support (what is needed and what is available)

Individuals or agencies that may oppose the plan

Who else should know about or be involved in this action?

A sample action plan showing the mission, goal, and two objectives follows:

Mission: To ensure the coordination of a consistent, competent, respectful, victim-centered response to sexual violence.

Goal: To promote collaborative partnerships.

Objective 1: Establish a SART composed of an investigator, prosecutor, health care professional, forensic laboratory specialist, victim advocate, and civil legal attorney.

Action Step


Date Completed




Set an introductory SART meeting time and location.






Invite potential team members.






Host introductory team meeting.






Obtain commitment from members.






Decide future meeting times.






Develop vision and mission statements.






Develop core team values.






Define team members' roles and responsibilities.






Objective 2: Develop multidisciplinary protocols. (For more information, see Protocols in this section.)

Action Steps


Date Completed




Determine which problems or barriers impede victim participation in the criminal justice system.






Obtain statistics—the rate and types of sexual violence.






Compile records of existing resources.






Survey victims and the community.






Write a report from survey data.






Identify which policies, procedures, or laws need to be changed or introduced.






Identify and prioritize issues to address.






Complete role and responsibility matrix for each agency.






Create a SART protocol based on roles and responsibilities.






Create written interagency agreements (memorandums of understanding or agreement).






Train agency staff on SART protocols and guidelines.






Monitor implementation of protocols.






Evaluate effectiveness of protocols.