Strategic Planning

Let the skilled staff at CRS help you to define your vision for success and create a plan to implement it.  We are experienced at facilitating strategic planning processes for groups of all sizes.  Whether you are developing a one year or a five year plan, we can help you to prioritize your next steps and enable you to reach your ultimate goals.

Strategic planning is one of several tools that can improve your program’s effectiveness. Tools to assist in strategic analysis include needs assessments, community scans, organizational assessments and sustainability surveys.

How Does Strategic Planning Translate to Action?

Having a clear vision and mission is the foundation for program success; we help clients use strategic planning and needs assessment tools to:

  • Focus program efforts
  • Define target objectives
  • Identify population needs and
  • Secure long-term funding support.

Strategic planning serves to:

  • Focus program vision and future directions
  • Develop action plans
  • Create monitoring and evaluation systems and 
  • Develop feedback loops.

Benefits of Strategic Planning

  • Identifying common core values, vision and mission
  • Creating organizational focus with targeted program goals and objectives
  • Finding out what others are doing in your unique niche
  • Identifying short and long-term potential for community-based programs
  • Defining current and future potential for funding
  • Developing a well defined communication and work plan
  • Building consensus and ownership within your organization
  • Creating partnerships with key stakeholders to promote collaboration and to leverage resources

Strategic Planning Tools

  • Resource directories, inventories
  • Community scan
  • Needs assessments
  • Organizational assessments
  • Sustainability analysis surveys
  • Strengths weakness opportunities and threats analysis
  • Appreciative inquiry
  • Community-based participatory research