Research on effective organizations is unanimous regarding the importance of a clear and focused mission and vision. Developing a strategic plan allows schools and other organizations to build a consensus around what matters and to channel resources accordingly in order to ensure a maximum return on investments. Strategic planning is more than broad statements of direction. A disciplined strategic planning process provides clarity of purpose as well as a structure for accountability at all levels of the organization - from the board of directors to front-line employees.
Strategic plans serve as a decision framework for the organization. Whether an organization is seeking a new Superintendent or CEO or deciding whether to implement a new technology initiative, a clear and concise strategic plan must support these decisions. When leaders and programs embody the vision set forth in the strategic plan, the result is a clear direction for programs and policies. An effective strategic plan aligns professional development and fosters a learning-centered environment for all stakeholders.
The ECRA Strategic Planning Process offers school districts and other organizations expertise, practical consultation, and support services in building a shared vision among stakeholders as it pertains to the desired future position of the organization. The ECRA Strategic Planning Process is divided into three phases corresponding to:
- conducting research
- developing a strategic plan
- developing an implementation and monitoring system, including the development of metrics and dashboards.
The ECRA Strategic Planning Process is customized to fit the organization's needs.