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Introduction

Explains the process used to create the plan


Describes the people involved in creating the plan and why/how chosen


Gives background on reasons for the agency's decision to engage in planning


Lists assumptions (if any) that inform the plan


Identifies the major strategic questions facing the agency


Includes a brief history of the agency
Context
 

Describes and explains key environmental factors


Summarizes relevant data (on programs, services, community)


Lists strengths the agency has identified:

 

  • in itself


  • in its community


  • Lists weaknesses the agency has identified and targeted to address:

     

  • in itself


  • in its community
  • Framing Concepts
     

    Mission appears in the plan with the date it was accepted


    Values and principles guiding the agency's actions are articulated


    A vision for the future is articulated and is:

     

  • specific and easy to understand


  • inspiring and likely to spark imagination and commitment


  • appropriate for the community and the agency


  • achievable and grounded in fact
  • Goals
     

    Lists goals for:

     

  • all external programs


  • internal administrative operations


  • external relations


  • fiscal matters


  • short- and long-term priorities


  • Goals, when possible, are measurable


    Goals demonstrate a commitment to improvement


    Priority rankings are assigned to each goal
    Actions
     

    Identifies both short- and long-term activities


    For each objective and strategy:

     

  • identifies, by title, who will be responsible for implementing actions


  • makes explicit the roles of:

  •  

  • partners


  • constituents/grantees


  • the public


  • provides a reasonable timeline for completion of tasks


  • identifies resources (human, material and fiscal) needed to fulfill each action


  • Demonstrates a commitment to adaptability


    Creates alternative scenarios for areas of high risk/low predictability
    Other
     

    A process and a timeline are articulated for regular evaluation of progress


    There is a plan and budget in place for dissemination of final document


    Adequate process and timeline for revising and/or renewing commitments to goals


    The plan invites and provides mechanisms for response


    The plan invites and provides a mechanism for involvement

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