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
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