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Strategic Planning Process
The following resources describe the steps involved in the strategic planning process and explore ways States can build child welfare agency capacity for effective strategic planning.
Effective Strategic Planning for Child Welfare Agencies (PDF - 69 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI) (2006)
Defines strategic planning, discusses the rationale for strategic planning, and describes the training and technical assistance offered by NRCOI to help States build agency capacity for effective strategic planning.
Strategic Planning for Child Welfare Agencies (PDF - 347 KB)
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (2004)
Describes the four stages of the strategic planning process (prepare, plan, implement, and revise) and illustrates each stage with examples from State and county practice.
Front Line Practice: Define, Assess, Plan, Implement and Monitor (PDF - 662 KB)
Policy and Practice, 67(6), 2009
Discusses the Define, Assess, Plan, Implement and Monitor (DAPIM) model as a continuous improvement tool that promotes strategic efforts toward long-term sustainable change.
Improving Child Welfare Outcomes Through Systems of Care
Systems of Care: Guide for Strategic Planning
Technical Assistance and Evaluation Center for Systems of Care (2007)
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Presents procedures any community can use to support the planning and development process for designing a system of care.
National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement
Provides a list of publications, teleconferences, and other resources that address the strategic planning process in child welfare programs.
Strategic Planning Process: Steps in Developing Strategic Plans
Harvard Family Research Project (1997)
Describes the basic steps involved in developing a strategic plan.
Strategic Planning Workbook for Nonprofit Organizations
Outlines steps for nonprofit organizations for developing a strategic plan and reviews factors to consider when undertaking a strategic planning process.
Strategic Planning for Child Welfare Agencies
Sahonchik, Frizsell, & O'Brien (2005)
In Child Welfare for the Twenty-first Century: A Handbook of Practices, Policies, and Programs
Explains how a strategic planning process can help agencies serving children and families achieve desired results and how strategic planning can overcome barriers to change. This chapter defines strategic planning and describes how to develop, implement, and monitor a strategic plan.
Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations: A Guide to Strengthening and Sustaining Organizational Achievement (3rd ed.)
Describes the Strategy Change Cycle, a 10-step process to guide strategic planning. The book explains each step in detail and reviews the roles of leaders in the process.
Strategic Planning for State CIP Projects
National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues & National Child Welfare Resource Center on Organizational Improvement (2003)
Designed for State court systems, this report defines strategic planning, provides an overview of the steps in the process, and provides guidance on how to implement a strategic plan.