Strategic Planning Course
Explore strategic planning processes and assess the factors that contribute to effective outcomes for organisations and stakeholders. Learn ways to strengthen your own strategic planning thinking and practice.
Well considered strategic planning contributes to the sustainable functioning of sectors and organisations. Effective strategic planning considers a range of contexts and horizon scans. It sets appropriate goals and outcomes, outlines the actions required to move towards these goals, and sets appropriate measures that assess strategic progress. This strategic planning course takes a multidisciplinary approach that recognises the many different strands and approaches to strategic planning. It explores the origins of strategic planning, the context it operates within, legislative and organisational frameworks, and the factors that support successful implementation of strategy. This strategic planning course provides participants with an expanded understanding of strategic planning approaches and tools that can be directly applied to the development of existing or new strategic plans to effectively anticipate and respond to organisational and stakeholder contexts.
|Duration||Five sessions (40 hours in total)|
|Time||9:00 AM — 5:00 PM|
|Venue||UTS City Campus|
|Cost||$2,875 (GST free)|
This strategic planning course will cover the following content:
Session one: Positioning Strategic Planning
- Origins and concepts of strategic planning.
- Strategic planning terminology and sense-making, particularly in the public sector.
- The public value strategic model and notions of governance.
- Case studies of strategic planning frameworks from NSW local government and state government.
Session two: Adopting a Strategic Planning Approach
- Strategic planning as a management practice in the public sector.
- Developing strategic leadership capability.
- Applying strategic thinking tools.
- Supporting strategic processes in the workplace.
Session three: Strategic Planning Contexts
- Horizon scanning and futures thinking.
- The external context: political, environmental, economic, social and cultural factors.
- The internal context: organisational culture, structure, mission and values.
- Cross-boundary collaboration and engaging stakeholders in strategy.
Participants will prepare a case study presentation between session three and session four.
Session four: Strategic Planning Implementation
- Presentations from participants on strategic planning in practice.
- Incorporating evaluation into strategic planning.
- Using indicators to measure strategic progress.
- Case study from local government on implementing strategic planning.
Session five: Strategic Planning Reporting and Review
- Reviewing and reporting on strategic planning outcomes.
- Tips and techniques for undertaking and reviewing strategic plans.
- Communicating strategy to stakeholders.
- Creating an action plan for your own strategic planning and preparing for your report.
Participants are invited to complete a final report to apply the content of the course to their own context
At the end of this strategic planning course, you will be able to;
- Evaluate strategic planning concepts and approaches and their application to their work contexts.
- Explain the concept of public value and its relevance to governance.
- Utilise tools for effective strategic thinking and analyse ways in which these tools might benefit strategic planning in their professional practice.
- Understand horizon scanning and the factors that shape strategic planning and frameworks including social, cultural, economic and political drivers of change.
- Apply evaluation methodologies to strategic plans
- Work with stakeholders and communities to develop and assess strategic outcomes.
This strategic planning course will be delivered as an interactive workshop consisting of an instructor-led lecture, group and individual activities. This training approach allows participants to work through concepts introduced by the trainer in an application-focused teaching environment. Participants will challenge their understanding of the concepts and consider their application once back in their individual workplace.
Who is this course for?
This strategic planning course is designed for professionals seeking to develop their understanding of strategic planning concepts and approaches. The course is suitable for those who are looking to develop strategies that anticipate and respond to local issues in the public sector.
In-house training solutions
This strategic planning course can also be customised and/or delivered in-house. Find out more.
About the presenter
Sophi Bruce specialises in approaches to leadership, transition and social impact projects using a portfolio of techniques for reflective learning, collaborative working and thinking differently. From the design and delivery of bespoke learning programs to ongoing project delivery, Sophi’s focus on positive tangible outcomes is supported by professional aptitude and a passion for facilitating personal, organisational and social progress. At IPPG, Sophi has strategic responsibility for a suite of programs and subjects at University Technology Sydney committed to building leadership capacity across the local government sector on a national level. With extensive facilitation and project management experience, Sophi manages a range of consultancy projects for clients of the Institute in areas such as leadership, organisational change, community and place, collaboration, evaluation and capacity building. Sophi is an authorized assessor of the Leadership Development Framework and has an executive certificate in Positive Psychology coaching. She has curated for the International Association for Public Participation and contributes to Adaptive Leadership Australia’s leadership programs and The School of Life classes.
Associate Professor Bligh Grant is Associate Professor at the UTS Institute for Public Policy and Governance and UTS Centre for Local Government. He is Course Coordinator of the Master of Local Government program at UTS. He is co-author of three books, Local Government in Australia: History, Theory and Public Policy (2017; with Joseph Drew) and Funding the Future (2013) and Councils in Cooperation (2012) (both with Brian Dollery and Michael Kortt). He is co-editor of Metropolitan Governance in Asia and the Pacific Rim (2018) with Cathy Yang Liu and Lin Ye. Recent co-authored scholarly articles have appeared in Australian Journal of Political Science, Australian Journal of Public Administration, Policy and Politics, Publius: The Journal of Federalism, Local Government Studies and Australian Planner. He contributes regularly to media on Australian politics, particularly on local government matters.
Carol Mills is a highly respected chief executive with unrivalled experience across the public, private. non-profit and university spheres. Her leadership career has covered a diversity of public policy and public administration areas including social and affordable housing, sport and recreation, arts and heritage administration liquor and gaming regulation, disability services, ageing, children's services and Aboriginal affairs.
Prior to being appointed as Director, Institute of Public Policyand Governance at UTS, Carol had over 20 years' experience in a range of executive roles in the public sector. This included the Chief Executive positions of Director General, Communities NSW and Department of Arts, Sport and Recreation in the New South Wales public serctor and Secretary, Department of Parliamentary Services, Canberra. She was also Deputy Director General in the Department of Housing and Ageing, Disability and HomeCare, and the inaugural head of the Office of Community Housing.
Simone Schwarz is an Associate for the UTS IPPG and NSW Convener Logonet Australia, and is an innovative leader with a problem solving, solution oriented approach to working across organisations and sectors. With over 25 years’ experience as a senior executive in the public sector, she is passionate about local government and community wellbeing.
Edwina Deakin is a Senior Manager at UTS IPPG and has an extensive consulting history working for local, state, and Commonwealth government agencies, peak bodies and not-for-profit clients. Her project management skills cover a broad range of policy and human service areas, including strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, evaluations and program reviews.
Peter Lee is highly experienced as a public sector leader and strategic thinker, with a major focus on transport, infrastructure, technology and innovation. He recently joined UTS IPPG as a Senior Manager after 15 years in government management and leadership roles in the UK and Australia.
His particular areas of expertise include strategy and policy design and execution, working collaboratively to find practical ways to deliver impact in complex environments, and helping decision-makers navigate disruption and manage uncertainty, opportunity and risk. He has led government strategy and policy across diverse areas, conducting horizon scanning research and embedding planning, agility and innovation into organisational and departmental practice.
This strategic planning course has no prerequisites and is open to all members of the public.
Pathway to postgraduate study
Successful completion of this short course could count as credit towards one of our postgraduate courses.
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