Every government organization needs a plan to guide its use of resources including employee time and use of funds. We help governments develop their strategic plans and facilitate a wide variety of decision making meetings.
We approach the planning process with four guiding questions:
Where are you now?
As part of this step, we help the organization perform an assessment of the current conditions, including collecting community or employee input and relevant data.
Where are you going?
As part of this step, we use the information the planning team collects to evaluate areas of potential growth, identify assets to leverage, and create an overarching vision for your organization or community.
How do you get there?
As part of this step, we work with the organization to write goals that support the vision and will move the community or organization going forward. We facilitate the creation of an implementation plan consisting of a series of work projects with concrete, measurable steps.
How are you doing?
As part of this step, the organization monitors its progress and sets new milestones.
Our trained, neutral facilitators can help you with a short, one-day planning meeting or a longer planning engagement that might take several months. A neutral facilitator is important when developing a strategic or operational plan allowing members of the organization to participate fully without having to step into the role of facilitator. An impartial facilitator is also helpful in running many different types of meetings where difficult issues need to be discussed or a group needs assistance making a decision. We encourage our partners to do as much of the planning work as possible to ensure a sustainable implementation process. If you do need our help, we can assist with data gathering and analysis, research, community needs assessments, public hearings, meeting documentation, and production of a published plan and supporting communication tools.
Depending on individual community/organization needs, facilitators can help with meeting preparation by building a workable agenda and communicating in advance with key stakeholders to ensure that all voices have an opportunity to be expressed.
During the meetings themselves, facilitators play a key role in managing the proceedings, progressing the group through the agenda in a timely fashion, and helping the group or individuals work through potentially contentious issues. Many groups value the presence of a facilitator for the impartiality he or she brings to the meeting and the ability to encourage a balanced discussion of the agenda topics.
Finally, facilitators can provide groups with reports and notes following a meeting that detail the proceedings, decisions made, and goals defined for future action.