To keep track of the success of your strategy, you need to decide how to monitor and evaluate it. And you need to address this question as soon as your strategic priorities are decided.

Dealing with change

Monitoring and evaluating your strategy’s progress will also help you to assess whether it needs to change. This is an important question to explore because, as time goes on, circumstances will change and new opportunities and threats may emerge.

What to monitor and evaluate

Different elements of your strategy can be tracked and assessed, including:

  • the strategy development process itself: did you meet your planned timescales, generate new ideas, engage and involve the right people in the right way?
  • communicating your strategy: do the right people know about your strategy and understand it, and are the formats you used effective?
  • the implementation of the strategy across your organisation: have staff been able to develop effective work plans from the strategy and are you on track to deliver the results you want for your users or cause?

For information on monitoring and evaluating your work, take a look at the NCVO website .

What next?

Strategic thinking and planning is hard! Don’t feel you have to go it alone. There is a range of information, advice and support available for voluntary and community organisations listed on the Get help pages of this website.

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Last updated at 18:06 Mon 12/Apr/10.


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