Level One Training

Developing Strategic Plan for Organizations

Course overview:

 Strategic planning (SP) is an essential first step in the development of a results-based accountability system, and attempts to address questions related to where the organization stands now, what it has to work with, where it wants to be and how it gets there. Strategic planning focuses on establishing an organizational direction, setting priorities and identifying obstacles and opportunities that may limit or enable an organization to carry out its mission. The designing of a strategic plan implies that its findings have to be managed and/or implemented. It is a change process that enables an organization to explore its past, own its present and create its future.  Hence, it is very important for management and staffs of an organisation before deciding to take up the task of preparing SP. The development of a strategic plan will, therefore, help executives to address the difficult conditions of deciding where to place resources and efforts in order to achieve real change and pull the entire organization together around a single game plan for execution.

Major topics to be covered include:

  • What a strategic planning is and is not,
  • Why SP is useful for an organization?
  • Development process and exercises on SP
  • Articulation of values and priorities
  • Environmental scanning (SLOT/SWOT analysis)
  • Identifying key/critical issues,
  • Designing strategies to address the identified key/critical issues,
  • Implementation and monitoring of the strategies and reviewing performance,
  • Development of an action plan and basic resources that are to be allocated to the implementation of the strategic plan,
  • Conducting identification and analysis of stakeholders,

By the end of the training, participants will be able to:

  • establish a clear understanding about the processes involved in the development of a Strategic Plan
  • define the mission, vision, values and strategic goals & objectives of their organisation
  • scan the environment using a SWOT analysis
  • determine critical issues & formulate alternative strategies to address the key issues
  • outline broadly on where resources should be allocated
  • develop indicators (quantifiable measures of progress for providing numeric assessment of the desired conditions expressed in measurable terms and specified time frames against which actual achievement is measured)
  • draw implementation, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessment plan.