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IV-B Child and Family Services Plan Program Instruction, 3/5/14 -

Below are some quick tips, tools and resources to facilitate a strategic planning process.

Facilitate Meetings
bullet How to Facilitate an Effective Meeting
Stakeholder Involvement
bullet Stakeholder Analysis
bullet Community Eco-Map: Included as a handout and discussed on the NRCOI webinar,Building Stakeholder Involvement in Program Improvement and the Life of the Agency (5/10/10)
Analyze Current Reality
bullet Leading Adaptively in Child Welfare Summer 2013 Child Welfare Matters (newsletter of the NRCOI). On diagnosing the actual challenges, mapping the system, learning to observe and interpret, and engaging in smart risk taking experiments
bullet Mind Mapping: A Creative Problem Solving Technique. Visual representation of information to support problem solving.
bullet The Lotus Blossom Diagram. Analytical tool to brainstorm and organize ideas in a thematic manner.
bullet Sticky Dots: A Multi-Voting Technique. A decision making tool to help identify priorities out of lists of ideas.
bullet An Affinity Diagram. Process to group ideas into themes.
bullet The Delphi Technique. Voting technique to narrow the results of brainstorming.
Select Strategies
bullet The SWOT/TOWS Analysis: Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. Technique for analysis to assist with strategy formulation and selection.
bullet The Hexagon Tool: Exploring Context. (From the National Implementation Research Network - NIRN). To systematically evaluate new and existing interventions to decide whether to move forward.
bullet Force Field Analysis. A technique for looking at the forces for and against a decision, deciding whether to go forward, and planning for implementation.
bullet Process Mapping Flow Charts. Diagram to map out a process and think about how it can be improved.
bullet Cost Benefit Analysis
Assess Readiness
bullet Considerations for Assessing Readiness for Systems Change (From the NRCOI's Guide for Developing and Implementing Child Welfare Practice Models)

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