The next step in developing a strategic plan is to work out how to get from where the organisation is at present, to where it wants to be in the future.
Creating a roadmap for achieving the strategic objectives will involve the management committee in:
- Setting objectives;
- Resourcing the organisation;
- Agreeing or approving operational/work plans; and
- Ensuring appropriate systems and structures are in place.
Your objectives outline how each aim will be achieved. They should be SMART:
Every organisation should have a written plan for its future development, documenting the outcomes of the strategic planning process. Your plan should outline how the organisation plans to achieve its aims and objectives. It should demonstrate that there is effective control and management of the organisation by including a governance section with examples of controls.
The final step in any planning process is to monitor and evaluate progress. The same way as you check the signposts along a road when completing a journey, it is similarly important to check that development is on track.