“We never know how high we are
Till we are called to rise;
And then, if we are true to plan,
Our statures touch the skies.”

Emily Dickinson, American poet


Strategic Planning


What is Strategic Planning?


What is Strategic Planning



In its simplest form, strategic planning asks us to consider: where we are now; where we want to go over the next number of years and how we are going to get there. Strategic planning is really about how an organisation defines its direction and makes decisions about the resources it is going to allocate to achieving its aims.



Strategic planning is a key element of an organisation's effectiveness.  It sets out to ensure that a Service is meeting the needs of its Service users. The guidance plan for an Adult Educational Guidance Service must work within the remit of its managing agency e.g. ETB/ WIT. It is an intrinsic part of the managing agency’s strategic plan.

As in all other strategic plans, the outlook is for the coming three to five year period. From this larger plan, the Service may wish to develop a one year operational plan.  This operational plan can have much more specific goals.  Plans should always have some in-built flexibility, in order to take into account any changes that may arise.



How do you ensure that the Guidance Plan compliments your Managing Agency’s Strategic Plan and is in harmony with it?