This module provides an overview of key concepts related to strategic planning and describes what strategic planning is, why it is important to systems building, and key principles associated with it. The Strategic Planning Module aims to help Child Care and Development Fund Administrators and their partners to prepare for, lead, and sustain strategic planning efforts for systems building. It is organized into three sections: key concepts, considerations, and tools.
Strategic Planning Framework
This excerpt from Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations: A Practical Guide and Workbook includes an overview of what strategic planning is and is not, reasons for planning, how to be effective in strategic planning, and various types of strategic planning.
This article describes strategic planning as a process. It provides information regarding the benefits of strategic planning, skills required, and people who should be involved. The article concludes with a graphic depicting the strategic planning process.
This blog post outlines a five-step process for strategic planning in small nonprofit organizations.
This blog post explores the history and meaning of the terms “strategic thinking” and “strategic planning”. It describes different theories as to what constitutes strategic thinking and planning. The author argues that successful strategy-making is most often an “emergent” process in which the strategist maintains an open mind as to the future direction of the organization, and seizes the moment when opportunity matches organizational capability.
This blog post suggests that organizations should integrate their strategic goals into the design of their Web site. During the implementation phase of strategic planning, a Web site can be used to communicate strategic goals, mission, vision, and accomplishments. The article provides examples of how strategic planning and Web site design can work together to support the accomplishment of goals.
This blog post explains scenario planning, which the author describes as a way to think through “what if” possibilities.
This blog post introduces the concept of strategic alignment and describes how alignment is related to strategic planning.
This short blog post offers ideas leaders and organizations should consider when developing a strategic plan. The author suggests that there should be alignment between training and learning efforts and the organization's strategic vision.
In this short blog post, the author provides 10 guidelines to help companies profit from their strategic plans.