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SW175 Week 7 Planning and Program Design

SW175 Week 7 Planning and Program Design - Planning and...

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Planning and Program Design Lewis, Packard, and Lewis (2007)
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Types of Planning Strategic: overall direction of the organization Long-range: concerned with stability of overall direction, with minor changes Operational: day-to-day activities Program: regular service delivery Project: new or modified service delivery, not regular Business: revenues and expenses
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Organizational Vision Vision can lead to mission, strategies, goals, and objectives. Mission = why do we exist?; Core values = how do we want to act; and Vision = What do we want the organization to be? Personal visions, not “on high” Short statement: realistic, credible, specific, and reasonable
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Sample Vision From Father Joe’s Villages, http://www.neighbor.org : Father Joe’s Villages will be recognized as a steadfast leader in setting the future direction of the human services industry, distinguished by the quality of our services, products, facilities, and training programs and acknowledged as a replicable model for other communities. To fulfill the challenges of our Vision, Father Joe’s Villages will be progressively managed by a corporate team, committed to creating an open and rewarding environment with dedicated and compassionate staff.
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Strategic Planning Bad times to do it: funding cut, lack of basic management skills, lack of commitment of decision makers “a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions and actions that shape and guide what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it. Strategy = pattern of purposes, policies, programs, actions, decisions, and resource allocations that defines what an organization is, what it does, and why it does it. 11 steps presented in article as follows
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Step 1: Initiate and agree on a strategic planning process For success of strategic planning: Need for effective management Support and commitment of all players – breaking out of business as usual Further, there needs to be clear agreement as to: Purpose of the plan Steps to be taken Roles of all involved Necessary resource commitments Final product (the plan)
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Step 2: Identify organizational mandates Formal mandates: Gov’t: legislation, regulations, administrative guidelines, court orders Private: grants and contracts; statements of purpose in bylaws or charter Informal mandates: Harder to discover: expectations that members bring to their role May feel that the org. should change or maintain its focus and purpose
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Step 3: Identify the organization’s stakeholders and their needs and concerns Individual, role, group, or organization with a stake in what the agency does and expectations/standards of the organization. Can have formal or informal power.
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