Organizational Development

Strategic planning is one aspect of organizational development, and it is a  management tool. As with any strategic planningmanagement tool, it is used for one purpose only: to help an organization do a better job – to focus its energy, to ensure that members of the organization are working toward the same goals, to assess and adjust the organization’s direction in response to a changing environment. In short, strategic planning is 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, with a focus on the future. (Adapted from Bryson’s Strategic Planning in Public and Nonprofit Organizations)

Strategic planning is a process that typically includes creating a mission statement, defining an organization’s mandates, conducting a stakeholder review, SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis, issue identification, strategy development and plan management.
Recent Presentations:

Strategic Planning Presentation for Basic Economic Development Course
Step 2: Mandates
Step 7: Strategic Issue Identification
Step 8: Visioning

Resources available for strategic planning:
Stakeholder Assessment
Criteria for evaluating strategies
Defining Mission and Vision
Creating a Vision Statement

 For more information please contact:


Erickson_04Jenny Erickson
Sauk County UW-Extension
West Square Building
505 Broadway, Baraboo, WI  53913

Phone: (608) 355-3250
Cell: (608) 963- 1170
Fax: (608) 355-3550

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