Strategic planning involves defining what you want your group to achieve and making decisions on the best way to get it done.
For new and establised organisations/groups. Information about the strategic planning process, analysis tools, and drawing up your strategy.
Strategic Planning Process information
This site has a planning section which includes information about the strategic planning process and cycle; getting ready, clarifying your purpose, looking in & out, opening up options, making decisions, communicating your strategy, implementation, and review.
Theory of Change
Theory of change is a specific type of methodology for planning, participation, and evaluation that is used in the philanthropy, not-for-profit and government sectors to promote social change. Theory of Change defines long-term goals and then maps backward to identify necessary preconditions.
A Theory of Change (TOC) is a living tool that links:
- What you do
- Who you are targeting for results
- Why and how you do it
- What you expect to achieve
See Creating your theory of change document
It is important that when you plan you also think about risk to your charity/organisation. The first step is to consider the possible risks and identify them. Creating a risk management plan is an approach that:
- recognises risk
- considers the likely probability of the risk occurring
- identifies the likely impact should the risk occur and
- describes how the risk will be managed.
For a risk management plan see Templates below.
The Risk Management Toolkit is a resource to assist with identifying and understanding risk factors for an organisation, create a risk management policy and manage and monitor the risks identified.
The Harvard Business School released a collection of best-selling articles in “10 Must Reads On Strategy” which has some great introductory information on strategic thinking.