Strategic planning and health information
The strategic planning process described in this chapter centers around defining the organization’s mission and vision, analyzing current conditions, setting goals, developing strategies to reach these objectives, and monitoring progress towards achieving them. This process can be viewed from a variety of perspectives, including a systems-based approach that emphasizes the interaction between different components within an organization; a participative model which engages stakeholders during the whole process; or an evolutionary perspective which sees it as a continuous activity which must be revisited regularly.
All of these approaches share a common goal: to provide direction for organization development. However, they differ in certain ways. For example, their emphasis or focus on particular components. In contrast, the evolutionary model places more importance on continuous improvement than the systems perspective. Similarly, while both models call for involvement from external parties during implementation stages – such as consultants or advisors – only the participatory approach explicitly calls for stakeholder engagement throughout all stages of planning. It is crucial to take into account multiple viewpoints when choosing the approach that best suits your organizational needs.