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Strategic Planning and Implementation

Key components of a broad-based, participatory planning process include:

  • Environmental scan – organizational history, current reality, trends, force-field analysis, etc.

  • Consensus on the organization’s practical vision / preferred future (3 - 5 years)

  • Identification of barriers to attaining the preferred future

  • Development of strategic directions

  • Implementation steps – first year’s accomplishments, quarterly calendar, 90-day action plan

 

How much time does it take?

  • Up-front prep work (research, document compilation, surveys, interviews, etc.) takes 10-15 hours of prep time for the facilitator and 1-2 hours for the participants

  • Pre-meetings with client – usually two meetings of 2 hours each

  • Facilitator's Design takes 1-2 hours per every hour of facilitation time

  • Each facilitated session runs 2-4 hours

  • Documentation takes approximately 1 hour for every hour of meeting time

  • Post meeting with client – 2 hours

How much does it cost?

  • Most prep work and pre/post-meetings are on an hourly rate (typically $100-$200 per hour)

  • Design charges are usually included in the day rate

  • Facilitation day rates run from $2000 to $2500 per day for six to eight hours of face time/day

  • Survey charges including developing questions, getting them approved, posting the survey, and analyzing results are typically billed on an hourly basis ($75-$150 per hour)

  • Interviews are typically billed on a per-person basis ($75-$100 each) and this includes the summary of comments

  • Documentation services are usually $50-$75 per hour

  • Materials are often included in the day rate or they are billed on a per-person basis at cost+10%

  • On average, a strategic planning process costs $5,000 - $8,000 

  • Non-profit and government agency discounts are applied at 15% off the total

 

Why hire an outside facilitator?

  • Keeps the group on track

  • Provides a neutral perspective

  • Takes the drudgery out of some tasks

  • Holds the group accountable for its agreements, behaviors, and procedures

  • The group accomplishes more in less time