Implement

Once you have agreed your organisation’s strategic priorities, you can start to assemble them into your overarching strategic plan, featuring your key decisions, actions, and a timetable. This can then be broken down into operational plans and work programmes across the organisation.

To enable you to implement your new approach, you’ll need to make sure that you communicate your strategy to all staff and volunteers so that they understand and support it and can play their part in making your plans happen.

As well as communicating what the strategic plan says, you may want to help those implementing the strategy to be more strategic in their own work and to develop their ability to monitor and evaluate their area’s progress.

Live your strategy

Sometimes, strategic planning can feel like preparing for a big journey without ever being sure when to set off. Acting in line with your new strategy from day one can help everyone across the organisation to adopt it. For example, if collaboration is a high priority in your new strategy, senior staff and trustees could kick the strategy off by encouraging more cross-team working or setting up exploratory meetings with potential partners.

Managing change

Your new strategy is likely to require a range of changes across the organisation, as you shift direction or prioritise different areas. To bring this new approach about, you’ll need to actively manage these changes. Find out more about change management.

What next?

In order to judge the success of your new strategy, you need to think now about how you will monitor and evaluate it.

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Last updated at 17:54 Mon 12/Apr/10.

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