Core Elements of Strategic Planning

Core Elements of Strategic Planning

There are a set of core elements that human services administrators should use to develop and implement strategic plans. These core elements are the fundamentals, the strategic issues, and the technicals. The fundamentals include the core values, mission, and vision, which represent the organizational identification(ID). The strategic issues include a SWOT analysis tool, which highlights strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Strategic issues also include a gap analysis, an environmental scan, and stakeholder surveys. The technicals element includes items such as strategic goals, strategies, leading indicators of success, performance targets, and action plans for each year of the strategic plan. The technicals element is the executable part of the strategic plan.

The core elements of the strategic planning process are interrelated and complex. For this Discussion, you will review the core elements graphic in the Learning Resources this week. This visual presentation will provide you with examples of how core elements work together in the strategic planning process.

With these thoughts in mind:

Write a one and half page well organized  explanation of the importance of the relationship among core elements. Then explain the relationship between at least two core elements of the strategic planning process based on the core elements graphic. Provide examples from the core elements graphic to illustrate your points.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.

See this link for help on the elements graphic:

Learning Resources
Please read and view (where applicable) the following Learning Resources before you complete this week’s assignments.
Course Text: The Handbook of Human Services Management
Chapter 15, “Managing the Planning Process”
Article: McNamara, C. (n.d.). All about strategic planning, Free Management Library. Retrieved from
Article: Simoneaux, S. L., & Stroud, C. L. (2011). SWOT analysis: The annual check-up for a business. Journal of Pension Benefits, 18(3), 75–78.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Business Source Complete database.
Article: Strategic Plan FY 2011–2017. (2010). Illinois Department of Human Services Division of Developmental Disabilities.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the PsycEXTRA database.
Article: Strategic Plan: July 1, 2007–June 30, 2010. (2007). United Way of York County. Retrieved from
Article: Walsh, M. F., & Schaeffer, P. V. (2009). Exploring gap analysis to evaluate participant satisfaction regarding community development planning programs. Community Development, 39(3), 115-129.
Retrieved from the Walden Library using the Education Research Complete database.

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