Definition – Implementation refers to the process of putting into practice a plan, policy or measure. An implementation plan, also referred to as an action and budget plan, sets out how the plan, policy or measure will be turned into reality. The following information is typically included within an implementation plan: established priorities; implementation schedules; responsibilities; budgets and funding sources and risks and contingency plans.
Relevance to SUMP – For a SUMP to be of value, it is essential that the plan (or at least significant elements of it) is (are) realistically implementable. An implementation plan (SUMP Action Plan) should therefore be developed in parallel with the SUMP as an integrated chapter or as a separate document to allow for more regular updates once the SUMP is adopted. Preparing an implementation plan alongside the SUMP can help to ensure that plan proposals are realistic and achievable (e.g. with respect to available funding) and that the commitment of partner organisations to the implementation of proposed measures is agreed upon.
Source: GUIDEMAPS, 2004