Group Dimensions International

​​​​​​     Research, Training, and Facilitation for Group Effectiveness​

Why Engage in
​Strategic Planning?

PRE-SESSION PLANNING

Through telephone interviews and/or mailed surveys, Group Dimensions International will help you assess the needs and interests of key players in advance of your strategic planning session. This step facilitates consensus-building and maximal use of strategic planning time. 


SITUATION ANALYSIS

GDI will review past strategic plans, annual reports, and other organizational documents to prepare a "situation analysis" that will help key players grasp the central issues quickly--before the session begins. We will integrate data from the needs assessment and the situation analysis to help you develop a program that leads to creative planning and visioning.


FACILITATION

GDI has seasoned, expert facilitators with broad experience in engaging all participants, managing dominants, and resolving conflicts. They will keep your strategic planning session on time and on target, and will make sure that your session goals are met. 


FOLLOW-UP AND FEEDBACK

GDI will summarize the highlights of your strategic planning session, which will help you finalize your plans, goals, and objectives for future organizational development.

Strategic Planning

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Sign up now for our internationally acclaimed focus group training workshops!

"THE FOUNDATIONS" August 24-25, Providence, RI     Oct. 24-25, Portland, ME     Dec. 8-9, Washington, DC  
2017:    Feb. 22-23, Hilton Head Island, SC        March 15-16, Orlando, FL
Optional Third Day:  "Advanced Workshop" (focus on data analysis) immediately follows each "Foundations" workshop

What Is Strategic Planning?

Organizations engage in strategic planning as part of effective management in order to:

  • Generate a framework that guides and supports future governance and management.
  • Develop a unified vision that all constituencies can support and to which they can be held accountable.
  • Foster new or renewed commitment to the organization.
  • Improve quality of services/programs.
  • Create a yardstick against which services/programs can be evaluated.
  • Serve as a springboard for raising funds.
  • Help define the organization to potential board members, employees.
  • Set priorities for future growth and development.
  • Set the stage in advance for dealing with unforeseen crises, funding shortfalls, or external risks.
  • Identify criteria by which future employees will be hired.


Examples of GDI's Strategic Planning

  • Family Voices, Boston, retreat and strategic planning
  • NIH, Health Research Services Administration, Division of Nursing, "Expert Workgroup Meeting: Nursing Faculty Development in Simulated Learning," Rockville, MD
  • Project Officers' Retreat, Agency for Health Care Policy and Research, Washington, DC
  • Strategic Planning Retreat, Canada-U.S. Fulbright Commission Board, Washington, DC
  • Fulbright Commissioners' Executive Training Workshop (with all 50 directors from around the world), Canada-U.S. Fulbright Commission, Banff Springs, Canada
  • Mobility Planning Services (MPS) 2000: Team Building and Program Design Retreat (planning, facilitation, and evaluation for staff and contractors), Easter Seals Project ACTION
Evaluation of an environmental education program for Save the Bay, Rhode Island 

Guiding your organization through challenges…

tapping employee sentiment…

helping you plan realistically and creatively for future productivity...