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For this Assignment, think about how you would begin the strategic planning process for a human services organization. Consider the human services organizations for which you have worked either in your fieldwork or as an employee. Based on what you know about a particular organization, what steps might you take to establish a plan for the organization’s long-term development?

Assignment (24 pages in APA format): Describe the first three steps you would take to begin the strategic planning process for a human services organization. Be sure to include the key stakeholders—who should be involved in each step and why they need to be included in the process. In addition, include steps you would take to establish stakeholder support and confidence.

Note: Although you will base your strategic plan on what you know about an actual organization, do not include any identifying information about the organization or its stakeholders.

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Lauffer, A. (2011). Understanding your social agency (3rd ed.). Washington, DC: Sage.

  • Chapter 10, “Agency Structure and Change” (pp. 324–352)

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Leadership and Strategic Planning.
Steps of Strategic Planning Process.
The first step involves the preparation for the planning process. To prepare, I will need to
form a reliable team comprising of employees of the organization, administration officials, the
board secretary, and three volunteers from members of the community who are clients to the
organization (Lauffer, 2011). Upon forming the team, we will then establish our expectations by
writing a vision statement that will help us have a mental picture of where we hope our
organization to be once we roll out the strategic plan (Bryson, 2018). Once we have the vision
statement, we then focus on writing the mission statement as this will help us to draw a path
through which the organization can achieve its vision. At this point, therefore, each member of
the team is tasked with the responsibilit...

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