Building community capacity through strategic planning

PI: Silvis, A. (University of Illinois)
Co-PIs: Nesbitt, B. (Ohio State University)
Project Collaborators: Brown, K. (University of Illinois); Davis, G. & Merkowitz, R. (Ohio State University)
Awarded: $18,000

Project Abstract

As often happens with widespread implementation, strategic planning practices have become varied and diverse. In addition, little information exists related to evaluation procedures and data collection of the outcomes and impacts of strategic planning. Through a literature review and a survey of practices, this proposed project will examine a variety of questions.

Gaining insight into these questions can help inform an effort to build an assortment of educational materials and evaluation processes related to strategic planning. Once the educational programs and evaluation methods are shared and replicated, impacts throughout the North Central Region can be collected. The data gathered from across the region can be shared with partners, leaders and funders to create a more significant, powerful story about the potential of strategic planning, and perhaps further strengthen Extension’s role in empowering communities and organizations.