Strategic planning


Strategic planning focuses on longer range objectives and goals and then identifying the best approach for achieving those goals. Strategic plans are typically 3 or 5 years but sometimes more.

It is a disciplined effort to shape and guide what an organisation is, what it does and why it does it. Strategic planning requires agreeing the way forward, wide-scale information gathering, an exploration of alternatives, and an emphasis on the future impact of present decisions.

Strategic planning plays a key role in future sustainability as it helps to embed a long-term perspective within the organisation.

Throughout the section there are useful resources available - case studies, weblinks to further sources of information and various guides to download.

Think strategically
Agreeing the way forward
Assess your organisation
Options and choices
The strategic plan