There are three types of plans that networks can develop to define the course of the vision and how it will be executed: strategic, business (or tactical), and operational. When organized in a pyramid format, the strategic plan, or vision, is at the top. The business plan, or the activities that will accomplish the vision, lies in the center of the pyramid. The operational plan, the nuts and bolts, is the foundation, sitting at the bottom of the pyramid. Each plan informs the next.
Sustainability is at the core of each of these plans, so it is critical for long-term vision to be kept in mind as each of these plans is developed. See Module 6: Sustainability Strategies for Rural Health Networks and Coalitions for more information.