Writing a Program Overview

You may find it helpful or necessary to write an overview of your group or program. The following features need to be included in such an overview. (Often, each forms a subheading within your document, with descriptive text below.)

Mission Statement: A mission statement should be one sentence in length. It can be supplemented with other text, if necessary, as part of an introduction to the program, group, or task force.

Goals: Goals need to be developed for the program, group, or task force. These should be outlined in an easy-to-read format.

Project Summary: The project summary outlines the program, group, or task force. It typically contains a number of other features; these include:

Purpose: The statement of purpose is one sentence stating what the program, group, or task force intends to accomplish. The purpose section may contain only that sentence, or it may contain a number of sentences further describing what the project will do.

Structure: This section describes in some detail the internal and external structure of the program, group, or task force. This may include membership, specific projects, roles, features, subgroups or committees, organizational chart, etc.

Funding: This section describes funding sources.

Contact: This section tells readers whom to contact (and how) for more information on the program, group, or task force.

Additional Sections (Optional)

Rationale: Here the program, group, or task force explains why it will undertake its purpose. Why does it need to exist? This section is closely related to the purpose section and sometimes included in it.

Features: The features section can be used to highlight an outstanding feature of the program, group, or task force, e.g., why it is a model, why its membership is representative or extensive, what awards it has won, etc. This section is closely related to the structure section, and this information may also be included in that section.