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Strategic planning is the development of an interactive process to assist an organization in meeting its goals and objectives. UEM has undertaken many strategic planning programs involving the development and implementation of systematic approaches involving the needs and priorities of organizations. The UEM approach also involves identifying the human, financial and technical resources that must be allocated to meet organizational expectations and schedules.
UEM provides experienced leadership to assist our clients in defining goals and objectives. This is completed by our facilitators in an organized setting, having regard to the variety of organizational needs, participants’ collective knowledge, and the client’s long-term vision. These group exercises in future thinking produce tangible benefits to an organization and are an important first step to a strategic planning exercise.
Key to all strategic planning exercises is the identification of stakeholders and the scope of potential planning issues. The product is a supporting and integral stakeholder consultation program. This program must provide legitimate and regular opportunities for stakeholder involvement and input. The UEM consultation program recognizes the need for flexibility as stakeholders and project issues change. Most importantly, the program must include mechanisms to ensure that all issues are addressed, that issue resolution processes are monitored and that all stakeholder input is considered in the strategic planning process.
The strategic planning process must be rational, comparative and milestone-focused. "Rational" implies that the process must follow a series of agreed-to steps and deliverables. The process must be "comparative" so that options are considered having regard to the identification of program risks and to community priorities and expectations. Finally, the process must be "milestone-focused" so that outcomes are arrived at and reviewed and decisions are made.
UEM has completed strategic planning in support of environmental management, land use and policy planning, infrastructure development and in response to provincial objectives such as drinking water strategy and asset management reporting. UEM can develop a specific program to meet the needs of organizations looking to develop long term programs that require practical and implementable solutions.
For further information, please contact David Schram, MCIP, at 905.371.9764, ext 223.