Strategic Planning for NGOs: A guide to understand the basics of strategic planning

1. Introduction  A goal without a plan is just a wish- Antoine de Saint-Exupery (French writer, 1900 - 1944). What better way to describe the importance of planning in our day to day lives. Successful people plan their actions and work endlessly to stick to their plan; while the not so successful people, plan a lot but hardly ever implement the plan. The key to success is therefore not just having a plan but also executing it to achieve your goals and objectives. Most organizations agree that … [Read more...]

2. What is Strategic Planning?

Strategic planning is an organizational management activity that is used to set priorities, focus energy and resources, strengthen operations, ensure that employees and other stakeholders are working toward common goals, establish agreement around intended outcomes/results, and assess and adjust the organization's direction in response to a changing environment. To continue reading, download the following document by logging in as a Premium Member Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

3. Importance of Strategic Planning for NGOs

Just like any other organization, strategic planning is equally important for Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs). A strategic plan is not only important for promotion but also worthwhile for organizational development of NGOs. Primarily, strategic planning is important for the following reasons. To continue reading, download the following document by logging in as a Premium Member Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

4. Tools and Principles of Strategic Planning: Visioning

Ideally, a good strategy should be accompanied by effective planning tools. There are several tools that could be involved while conducting strategic planning. The most commonly used tools are: Visioning, Metrics or charts, SWOT analysis, Pestle analysis, Affinity diagrams, Portfolio analysis and Interrelationship digraph. To continue reading, download the following document by logging in as a Premium Member Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

4. Tools and Principles of Strategic Planning: Metrics/Charts

Metrics/Charts: Ideally, a strategic plan is incomplete without numbers, calculations and graphical representations. These are often ignored because people might not be confident with mathematics. However, in order to prove the visionary statement, it is important to have justifications through figures and metrics which will finally determine if the project will make a desirable impact, as it has been planned. To continue reading, download the following document by logging in as a Premium … [Read more...]

4. Tools and Principles of Strategic Planning: PESTEL Analysis

PESTEL Analysis: Is an important planning tool used for understanding the external macro-level external factors that impact the working of an organization. It is a useful strategic tool for understanding market growth or decline, business position, potential and direction for operations. To continue reading, download the following document by logging in as a Premium Member Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

4. Tools and Principles of Strategic Planning: SWOT Analysis

SWOT analysis: SWOT analysis is another efficient planning tool, in which members suggest, list and assess the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats of their organization. Conducting a SWOT analysis is a very effective tool to assess, analyze the current health of your organization and manage the organization successfully.  SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. To continue reading, download the following document by logging in as a Premium Member Not a … [Read more...]

4. Tools and Principles of Strategic Planning: An Affinity Diagram

An affinity diagram: An affinity diagram is useful for narrowing down large number of things into more organized and similar categories in order to make it easily manageable. The term “affinity” refers to inherent similarity or relationship. It is an efficient planning tool for grouping, categorizing and combining vast prospective projects and initiatives into a convenient number. To continue reading, download the following document by logging in as a Premium Member Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

4. Tools and Principles of Strategic Planning: Interrelation Digraph

Interrelation digraph: Out of all the important projects, organizational leaders need to recognize only a few essential ones. An interrelation digraph helps in identifying those few projects from the most significant. To continue reading, download the following document by logging in as a Premium Member Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]

4. Tools and Principles of Strategic Planning: Portfolio Analysis

Portfolio analysis: Portfolio analysis refers to process of analyzing the ongoing, past and present projects/programs of a NGO and assesses the performance of each. Portfolio analysis is a systematic way to analyze the array of services that are conducted by a NGO. To continue reading, download the following document by logging in as a Premium Member Not a Premium Member? … [Read more...]