Group Dimensions International

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

Sign up now for the Group Dimensions International focus group training workshops--internationally acclaimed!

"THE FOUNDATIONS" NEXT:  JUNE 7-8: WASHINGTON, DC
AUG.  24-25: PROVIDENCE, RI     OCT. 10-11: PORTLAND, ME     DEC. 7-8: WASHINGTON, DC

Optional Third Day:  "Advanced Workshop" (focus on data analysis) immediately follows each "Foundations" workshop

Call Group Dimensions International for excellence in evaluation research and qualitative methods workshops! 207-841-4842

Guiding your organization through challenges…

tapping employee sentiment…

helping you plan realistically and creatively for future productivity through excellent comprehensive research using the latest mixed methods.

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. Program evaluation questions feed into the best strategic planning: evaluate, analyze, talk to your staff and clients or intended beneficiaries, revise your deliverables=higher quality and efficiency in future programming and policies!


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.

GDI's Strategic Planning

to answer program evaluation questions and plan for the future

​​​​​Plus ON-SITE FOCUS GROUP TRAINING DATES TAILORED TO YOUR NEEDS 

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Please contact GDI for more information.

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
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