How to implement a Gaelic language plan

An effectively written Gaelic language plan enables successful implementation. It is also important to remember that plans will only have a maximum lifespan of five years before they are reviewed. It is crucial that the development of Gaelic within an organisation is seen as a long-term commitment, impacting across all departments, with consecutive reviews of the plan building on previous achievements to reach the long-term goal. This requires leadership, innovation, vision and coordination.

 

Where to start

Although each public authority is required to develop its own unique Gaelic language plan, the Bòrd very much encourages cooperation and communication between public authorities that exercise similar functions when implementing their plans as they can be expected to face many of the same sorts of challenges in providing services to the public in Gaelic and in using Gaelic in their internal processes. 

A good, practical idea is worth its weight in gold and there’s no need to re-invent the wheel. The advantages of organisations learning from each other leads to best practice, encouraging information exchanges and more efficient economies of scale (in the joint production of materials, for example).

A Gaelic language plan is a corporate responsibility

You will achieve your Gaelic language plan's intended outcomes most effectively when there is a clear understanding that implementation and monitoring is a corporate responsibility and when your plan's targets are meshed with the current planning priorities of your organisation. Your Gaelic language plan should be mainstreamed as part of your on-going strategic and operational planning.