By Alianza ONG, member of Forus in Dominican Republic.

When renewing a strategic plan in an institution it is important to follow these recommendations:

First, involve the work team through brainstorming sessions.

It is important to try not to limit yourself to established models or pre-designed templates.

You should try to use simple and clear language in setting the goals. E.g., use the SMART method.

It is important to think “outside the box” and dare to innovate; even more so in the current climate. 

In the same way, we must try to align Human Capital (Employees) with the strategy we want.
Further, make sure that the team is clear about the mission and vision of the organisation. 

Below, the benefits and advantages of having an institutional strategic plan are detailed.

The first priority is increasing knowledge of the entity itself, which makes it possible to detect areas for improvement.

 Additionally, having a plan allows interested groups to increase their knowledge so that a better response to their expectations can be given.

In the same way, it increases people's sense of belonging to the organisation, which has a direct effect on motivation and productivity.

This tool makes it possible to detect opportunities, classify them in order of priority and exploit them. It also prepares the NGO to keep up to date with changes, and prepares it to better manage those that are adverse to it.

 It improves the decision-making process and at the same time reduces the number of resources and time spent correcting improvised decisions.

Without a doubt, it encourages reasoning in anticipation of the facts, and it also helps to prioritise issues based on their importance and impact on the organisation.