Strategic Planning simplified! We put together a user friendly overview of the strategic planning process with key questions to consider during five different phases. This is a great place to start if you’re thinking about setting the strategic direction of your organization. We use a variety of visual facilitative techniques to hear multiple perspectives, generate creativity and inspire better solutions. We can help you customize each phase to suit your needs.

 

 

 

Phase 1: Planning the Plan

  • What is the purpose of engaging in a strategic planning process?
  • What period of time will the strategic plan support? 3 yrs? 5 yrs? 10 yrs?
  • Who should be involved in the planning process?
  • Who are your stakeholders (anyone who is responsible for, affected by or has a vested interest in the outcome of your decisions)
  • What process and methodology will be used?
  • How will you provide opportunity for stakeholder input?
  • What leadership structure will be used to plan, facilitate and implement?

Phase 2: Information Gathering Strategic Analysis

  • What is the current fiscal, social and political context for your organization?
  • What are the internal strengths and challenges of your organization?
  • What are the external opportunities and barriers for your organization?
  • What is important to the people you serve?
  • How can this input inform your strategic thinking?

Phase 3: Setting Strategic Priorities

  • Do your Mission, Vision and Values Statements need to be updated?
  • Does your Board and/Staff need to renew its Purpose Statement?
  • What is your desired future state, based on what you have learned in the Information Gathering Strategic Analysis Phase?
  • What are five critical focus areas/priorities for the next 3-5 years?
  • How will you know when you have been successful in these five areas? How will you measure progress?

Phase 4: Developing Strategic Actions

  • What measurable goals are needed to move you toward your desired future state?
  • What operational steps will be documented in an action plan (who will do what, by when?)
  • What annual milestones will be observed along the way to let you know if you are on track?
  • Are you confident that your plan is realistic and achievable? It should be a stretch but not impossible.

Phase 5: Communicating, Managing and Evaluating the Plan

  • How will you ensure that the Strategic Plan is a user-friendly working document?
  • How will the Strategic Plan be transparent and visible to the community you serve?
  • How will progress be evaluated and reported? How will you redirect if needed?
  • How will the Strategic Plan be embedded in the work of the Board and Staff? (ex: job descriptions, performance evaluations, board development topics, etc)
  • How willing are you to engage in a 3-year cycle to update/renew your Strategic Plan?

 

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