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Before you can create a community-driven strategic plan, you will need to lay the groundwork for how the plan will be developed. This will include agreeing on ground rules, creating a mission statement, getting community buy-in, determining a governance structure, defining roles and responsibilities, and developing internal communications.
The Getting Started section of this Web site offers information, tools, and readings to help your partnership set up structures, processes, and agreements necessary to develop a good strategic plan. Keep in mind, as you implement the strategic plan and begin operations, that some of your governance structures, processes, and agreements may change once, or multiple times.
We have suggested a plan for a one-day meeting to cover many of the important aspects of governance. You may download and alter this document to meet your community’s needs.
Here are some questions to consider before embarking on the strategic planning process:
- Is your organization the right group to lead the strategic planning effort?
- Have you thought about the mission of the partnership?
- Who should be included in the process?
- Do you and your organization have the time and energy to embark on a strategic planning process?
- Does your partnership include the right combination of players to effect change within the larger system?
While these can be intimidating questions, do not be discouraged. People at the local level have the power to make the system better. And while you can’t wish the larger system away by stating unrealistic goals, you shouldn’t treat it as a given that can’t be changed. With proper preparation, team work and determination, you can — and will — make a difference.