Policies, Procedures and Guidelines
This document makes a distinction between “policies,” “procedures,” and “guidelines” by putting them in separate sections. For the purposes of this manual:
- Policies are firm practices that must be followed by Maine 4-H members, volunteers and staff. Policies tell people what to do.
- Procedures are descriptions of how policies and guidelines are implemented. Procedures tell people how to do what they must do.
- Guidelines are helpful suggestions of behavior. Discretion is left to the 4-H Staff and volunteer on how they follow the appropriate guidelines given individual circumstances.
Benefits of written policies and procedures:
- Provide a structure for a safe, healthy, and productive program.
- Establish and communicate a standard of behavior, boundaries, and a common body of knowledge.
- Communicate values, beliefs, and direction.
- Serve as a valuable orientation and training tool.
- Help ensure consistency and uniformity.
- Support important and necessary requirements.
- Provide a structure for sound management.