Creating and Implementing Your Strategic Plan: A Workbook for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Strategic planning has become a way of life for the majority of public and nonprofit organizations since the publication of the first edition of this workbook in 1996 as a companion to the second edition of Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (Bryson, 1995). We are pleased to have played a role in bringing about that change through our publications and through the more than 400 major strategic planning processes we have helped facilitate.
This workbook addresses key issues in the design of an overall strategic planning process from the initial stages through subsequent implementation, review, and evaluation. However, it only touches on the major elements of these processes. We therefore recommend that this workbook be used in tandem with the third edition of Strategic Planning for Public and Nonprofit Organizations (Bryson, 2004), which places the workbook’s guidance and worksheets in a broader context, provides information on other significant issues, reviews relevant details, and alerts users to important caveats.
This workbook is divided into two sections. A part one presents an overview of the strategic planning and implementation process and the benefits to be gained by using it. The chapter on the context and process of strategic change includes readiness assessment worksheets, and a part two covers each of the ten key steps of the process in more detail. Each step description includes sections on purpose and possible desired planning outcomes and offers worksheets to facilitate the process. The book ends with supportive resources, a glossary, and a bibliography.
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