Most commonly our Associates are called upon to facilitate strategic planning events within associations, agencies or organizations. Our uniquely participatory approach uses ToP® methods for long and short–term planning that includes creating a three–to–five–year vision, identifying underlying contradictions that block the vision, defining two–year strategic directions, and developing one–year objectives and a 90–day implementation plan.
Partners associates also support participatory project assessment and documentation including working with the clients to document the project journey of implementation, identify accomplishments and results, and articulate the lessons learned and next steps.
The following is a brief description of the core of ToP® Participatory Strategic Planning Process. Each session of Participatory Strategic Planning is done in a basic workshop format which includes individual and small group brainstorming to generate data, organizing the data to look at the new relationships which are formed and naming the data in order to clearly discern the consensus of the group. These activities are done in a variety of ways depending on the particular objective of the session. At times work is done individually, at times as a whole group, and, at times there are small teams working to clarify ideas.
The process builds consensus, achieves effective group communication, turns ideas into productive action, and shapes concrete accomplishments into a strategic plan.