An effective and active strategic plan is integral to an organization’s growth.
A sound strategic planning process brings together key stakeholders, leaders, staff and board members in order to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations and ensure that all are working toward shared goals.
Guided By Best Practices
Here at NSS, we are guided by best practices in order to facilitate the most comprehensive strategic planning process for your organization. Best practices are the foundation upon which an effective planning process is built. These building blocks consist of:
Stakeholder Involvement – Solicit feedback from a diverse group of stakeholders regarding how they perceive the organization
SWOT Analysis – What are the organization’s key strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats?
Mission, Vision & Values – Is the organization’s mission, vision and values in line with its programs and future?
Key Growth Areas – Come together to identify your organization’s key growth areas.
Strategic Goals – Identify collective, high-level goals that will ensure your organization’s growth & sustainability.
Metrics – Define metrics in order to track your progress and work toward measuring impact and social return on investment (SROI)
Ongoing Monitoring – NSS also advocates for and supports a process that includes the ongoing monitoring of progress and an annual review of prior year’s strategic goals. This process encourages adaptive planning – allowing for flexibility when course corrections are needed and when new opportunities are presented.
It is important that the major goals identified during the strategic planning process are aligned with the mission, vision and values of the organization. NSS helps organizations do this by having them answer the following questions:
Business Case – Why are we doing this?
Approach – How will we accomplish this goal?
Deliverables – What will be accomplished?
Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) – How will we measure our success?
Social Return on Investment (SROI) – How will our constituents benefit?
The NSS Approach
The strategic planning process should be a positive experience for your leadership and stakeholders. To that end, NSS recommends that the approach is:
REWARDING. We foster a culture of inclusion, collaboration, and team-building throughout the process.
A PARTNERSHIP. We partner with you to develop collective goals and vision.
UNIQUE. We create a custom roadmap & facilitation frameworks for your organization.
VISUAL. We aim to make content visually appealing and readable.