The strategic planning process provides a systematic way for an organization to express its vision, describe its values, state or update its mission, develop and accomplish short- and long-term goals, identify strengths and weaknesses, set goals and timelines, and track progress. The process can be used as a roadmap for the organization—one that articulates the way in which an organization will operate and the direction that it will take during the next several years.
Strategic planning brings together all parts of the organization, including board members, managers, staff , collaborative partners, advisory members, and community members. Input from these members, from the beginning, ensures that each member has every piece of information and every opportunity to have input to accomplish the goals and tasks specified in the plan.
There is no single strategic planning model or process that will work for every agency. The leadership and staff of state administering agencies (SAAs) are as varied in their makeup and talent mix as the size, shape, weather, geography, and demographics of the states and territories where they are located. Each SAA has unique local legislative requirements, local expectations and ways of doing business. A strategic plan must be flexible and practical and yet serve as a guide to implementing programs, evaluating how these programs are doing, and making adjustments when necessary.
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This section is designed to provide SAAs and public safety leaders with the tools they need to successfully prepare and use a strategic plan. Specifically, we focus on community-based strategic panning (CBSP), because a successful strategic plan for public safety or criminal justice policy is firmly rooted in community needs and priorities, and includes the input of stakeholders with a diverse range of perspectives.
SAAs are using a community-based strategic planning model to create or update a statewide strategic plan for their organization. Facilitators can help identify stakeholders to bring to the table and to help manage the process including data gathering and analysis, running stakeholder meetings, and assistance with drafting actual plans. Outside facilitators provided by this grant can tailor the process and plans to address individual circumstances of the SAA to create more robust and realistic strategic plans.
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