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Strategic Planning and Performance Management

Strategic planning is the act of creating a reliable, comprehensive blueprint prioritizing and focusing your organization’s resources over a three- to five-year timeline. A group process, it includes the development of the strategic plan itself and the implementation plans that ensure its execution.

That means asking yourself:

  • What are the internal and external trends impacting the organization?
  • How will we achieve results that matter? What measures will determine our success?
  • What capabilities and management systems need to be in place for implementation?

Here's how we can help:

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCAN: AN INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT

Planning starts with research into your industry, your stakeholders (including staff), and your operational environment. The Georgia Center for Nonprofits makes it easy to account for those factors by reviewing trends and data, conducting interviews and focus groups, evaluating market gaps and future needs, and synthesizing the findings to provide a complete understanding of where your organization is headed and which activities will drive results.

DESIGNING A RELIABLE FRAMEWORK

Our consultants are experts in several different methodologies, and can help organizations determine the process that works best for them. Approaches include Results-Based Planning, the Balanced Scorecard, and Conventional Strategic Planning with Mission, Vision and Goals.

DEVELOPING GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

Defining goals is the most important step in the planning process. All plans must articulate what the organization is trying to achieve and how it will get there, establishing key performance indicators, clarifying costs, and pinpointing the resources and talents required. With GCN’s Strategy Roadmap, you’ll define SMART goals, apply them across your organization, evaluate progress, and adjust accordingly.

MANAGING PERFORMANCE AND IMPLEMENTATION

Strategy execution requires adaptability: monitoring performance against goals and making sure actions drive results. Implementation planning is the final step in the process, and key to managing performance.

 

Contact us

To learn more about the benefits of a comprehensive strategic plan — including how it brings clarity to day-to-day work and decision-making — contact Kathy Keeley, EVP and Senior Consultant, at [email protected], or call 678.916.3015.

 

“We knew that our strategic planning process needed to be more formal, structured, and inclusive. We chose GCN’s Nonprofit Consulting Group to help us accomplish this most effectively and efficiently.”

–Joy Trotti, Associate Director, Families of Children Under Stress (FOCUS), GCN member since 2015