This resource was developed by Pathfinder International. Strategic planning
An activity carried out on a regular basis to clarify an organization’s purpose, goals, priorities, and a plan for reaching those goals and addressing the priorities. is one of the most challenging – and exciting – exercises an organization can undertake. Strategic planning allows an organization to make fundamental decisions or choices by taking a long-range view of what it hopes to accomplish and how it will do so. A strategic plan is built on a thorough analysis of the organization’s existing structure, governanceRefers to the source of strategic thinking and decisions that shape and direct an organization and its work and where, ultimately, accountability lies. Includes anything related to non‐profit boards as well as strategic leadership issues., staff
For our purposes, staff refers to agency employees who are neither managers nor executive directors., program or service mix, collaborations, and resources (financial, human, technical, and material). This analysis is vital because it allows an organization to perceive which of its above aspects it must change in order to achieve its goals.