Strategic planning has been used since the Harvard Business School developed The Harvard Policy Model in 1920. Still many are unclear about how strategic planning is used and the results are obtained in public administration. Today’s growing economic uncertainties have led to a resurgence in the need for effective strategic planning. ProRank assists private organizations and public agencies in tying other components of the overall management process to their strategic efforts.
By understanding and incorporating your organizations’ primary management and decision-making activities into various models, ProRank suggestions for implementation and program analysis will produce a dramatic increase in the effectiveness of your efforts. We seek to engage your organization about your unique experiences so that we can effectively marry your revised strategic vision with your goals and management objectives.
Overall, ProRank is raising the bar in strategic planning, by using comprehensive strategic management to develop a number of specific leading-edge client models.
In our initiation of strategic planning for government agencies we have found that the following elements are critical for the implementation of strategic planning by a government to succeed:
- A powerful process sponsor
- An effective process champion
- A strategic planning team
- An expectation of some disruptions and delays
- A willingness to be flexible concerning what constitutes a strategic plan
- An ability to think of junctures as a key temporal metric
- A willingness to construct and consider arguments geared to many different evaluative criteria
We specialize in Strategic Planning for public agencies. We have already begun to mold the strategic plan for federal funded, small business support initiatives, throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region of the United States.
We believe that strategic planning approaches developed in the private sector can help public sector organizations deal with the recent dramatic changes in their environments. For example, “strategic planning is a disciplined effort to produce fundamental decisions shaping the nature and direction of governmental activities within constitutional bounds” (Olsen and Eadie 1982). It can help governments become more effective. The public sector strategic planning process provides a useful framework for review of the private sector approaches to strategic planning in the public sector.
ProRank is currently working to develop the strategic blue print for pointed DBE/OJT program guidance on a national level. We are working to create a strategic planning framework for women and minority participation that is applicable to public organizations, functions, and places or communities nationwide. The only general requirement will be a dominant coalition willing to follow the process. That does not mean, however, that these strategic planning approaches will be equally applicable to all public sectors. ProRank is working to identify the most important contingencies that govern the successful use of these approaches in both the public and private sectors. Continue to follow us for the latest updates within this initiative.