While networks and coalitions typically come together around an identified issue or concern, members will want to develop a strategic plan to identify the big picture, long-term (3-5+ year) vision of the network or coalition. A strategic plan should be developed once the network is established and it has been determined that it has the capacity and support to remain functional. One piece of a strategic plan will be to identify a business structure that best applies to their goals.
Depending on the number of members, the director may assemble a representative committee of members to develop a strategic plan for the network as a whole. If the network is small, the entire group may work on the plan.
Networks can change over time and the strategic plan should be revisited and updated on occasion to ensure it still represents the vision of the network and the work being done.
Resources to Learn More
An Overview of
Strategic Planning or “VMOSA” (Vision, Mission, Objectives, Strategies, and Action Plans)
Step-by-step guide targeting community groups that outlines the What? Why? And When? Of VMOSA.
Organization: Community Tool Box
Planning for Newly Formed Networks
60 minute webinar targeting networks developed within the past 12-18 months. Includes how to develop a strategic plan, examples of grantees in the process of developing strategic plans, templates for writing a strategic plan and a guide for completing a strategic plan.
Organization(s): Rural Health Innovations
Planning for Rural Health Networks
Guidelines for approaching strategic planning in the context of a rural health network.
Author(s): Browne, K., Campion, D., & Stenger, R.; Edited by Folz, C.