Government Strategic Planning Resources - dummies

By Erica Olsen

Fundamentally, a sustainable government organization has the capacity to fulfill the elected officials’ mission and objectives to provide necessary public services now and into the future. Tons of great resources for government strategic planning can help you in your planning efforts. Here are just a few recommendations:

  • International City/County Management Association: This organization is the professional and educational organization for chief appointed managers, administrators, and assistants in cities, towns, counties, and regional entities throughout the world. On its website, you find a resource library with outstanding articles on numerous topics relevant to the public sector, including strategic planning. Some articles are open whereas others require membership.

  • Good to Great and the Social Sectors: Why Business Thinking Is Not the Answer (HarperCollins): This book was published in 2005 by Jim Collins as a supplement to his popular book Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . And Others Don’t (HarperCollins). You can also find free articles, podcasts, and exercises on his resource-rich website.

  • Internet searches: If you want to see some examples of government strategic plans, simply search for “strategic plan” in Google or your favorite search engine. The search returns numerous agency strategic plans in the first several results pages.