Coalitions with a plan are more efficient and effective in meeting their goals. The strategic planning process benefits coalitions by formalizing a sense of purpose, providing direction, ensuring that coalition efforts are feasible and likely to make an impact, and providing a framework to determine if coalitions reach their goals. Effective strategic planning builds upon data to prioritize goals and evidence to choose and adapt CCC interventions that are likely to achieve desired effects.
Map out a Vision
Visioning is a standard part of any strategic planning process. Creating a shared vision statement for your coalition membership can help to create unity among coalition members and provide a blueprint for the general direction of your coalition. MORE
Examine the Data
Before developing a strategic plan, it is important to have an understanding of the primary issues that impact the cancer problem in your community, your community’s health status, and its assets. Collect or refer to assessment data to identify the issues and help foster a sense of direction for your strategic plan. MORE
Prioritize and Focus
Identifying and understanding the key issues in your community is important for informing activities for your strategic plan. Set priorities in order to give focus to your planning process. Review your assessment data and consider the opportunities available to advance your coalition’s vision.Then determine the urgency of addressing each issue and set reachable goals to help focus your activities. MORE
Using proven prevention strategies can ensure the efficacy and efficiency of the strategies you choose to implement to address cancer in your jurisdiction. When in the strategic planning process, consult resources for evidence-based public health to identify cost-effective approaches for solving the cancer problem in your communities.MORE