Dakota Leadership Initiative for
Community Strategic Planning
1998, a group of federal, state, and nonprofit agencies met to discuss
how to assist North Dakota communities to identify and meet their
needs, while also satisfying the planning and program requirements
of various agencies. It was agreed by the group members that in
order to assist communities, a single strategic planning should
be created. This single strategic planning process will reduce the
need for communities to complete a strategic plan for every agency
requiring a plan for funding purposes.
address the issue of a single strategic planning model for communities,
the group realized that a cooperative effort would need to be conducted
by agencies wishing to use the results of a completed community
strategic plan. The group organized formally and calls itself the
Leadership Initiative for Community Strategic Planning (LICSP).
The planning process will also be able to serve those communities
who have already started a strategic planning process.
THE STRATEGIC PLANNING PROCESS
Planning Process is outlined in a Basic Steps manual (see below).
The process starts with community leaders determining that they
would like assistance to design their community's future. A leader
from that community will contact the Division of Community Services,
which is the Point of Contact (POC), or any one of the other participating
agencies or entities, to be put in contact with the POC. The Division
of Community Services will explain the process to the community.
The community will then select a facilitator for the process. The
community and facilitator will put together a core group of community
residents and assign a coordinator to the process. The meeting portion
of the process begins and is estimated to take approximately 4 -
6 months to complete. When necessary during this process, the facilitator
will assemble a resource team to come out to the community and assist
in the action planning phase. Once the action plans are completed
and the community adopts the plan, selected persons will be in charge
of assuring that specific actions are completed. The POC will contact
the community every year for five years to find out what actions
have been completed and if any additional assistance is needed.
If a community chooses to do this process on its own, it can download
the Strategic Planning Manual for Community Leaders below. If you
are interested in learning how to facilitate this process you can
also download the Strategic Planning Manual for Facilitators below.
website at: http://www.state.nd.us/dcs/comdev/planning.html