Introduction to Strategic Planning Resource Manual
This publication provides a step-by-step process as well as resources and tools for leading groups through strategic planning. Strategic planning is a process that helps groups work towards a desired future by focusing energy and resources on shared goals. It helps groups to assess and adjust strategic direction in response to changing environments.
A strategic plan is a formally written document that guides a group's decision making process toward achieving desired goals that align with their mission and vision statements. It also helps in allocating resources (volunteer, staff, monetary, infrastructure, etc.) and prioritizing actions.
Strategic Planning may be for you if:
Strategic Planning may not be appropriate for you if:
Strategic planning and the subsequent implementation of the plan will assist a group to:
The strategic planning process can be divided into the following five stages:
II. Develop a Vision and Mission
III. Collect and Analyze Information
IV. Develop Goals and Action Plans
V. Implement and Monitor
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs offers a Strategic Planning Resource Manual that is designed to support groups that have identified strategic planning as a priority. The manual has been written for the group and facilitator who are responsible for leading a group through the strategic planning process, and provides a step-by-step process as well as resources and tools to assist with each stage of the process.
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