What is Strategic Planning?

Strategic Planning is the process by which the guiding members of an organization envision its future and develop the necessary procedures and operations to achieve that future.

Key Characteristics of Strategic Plans

  • Provide a strategy for change, moving beyond the status quo.

  • Takes into account external influences.

  • Long range, optimistic, and focused on the successful future of the council.

  • Undertaken through a broad based, comprehensive review of services.

  • Driven by benefits and outcomes; focused on attainable goals

In Other Words...

  • A strategic plan looks at the "big picture" of what your council is doing.
  • It helps determine where your council is going over the next few years.

Key Questions To Be Considered

  • Where are we now?

  • How did we get into this situation?

  • What will likely happen if we continue as we are?

  • Where do we want to go?

  • How do we get there?

  • How do we know we are there?