There are many strategic planning models, and no single model or process is the perfect fit for every situation. Effective strategic planning processes are designed to address the following questions:
- Where are we now?
- Where do we want to be?
- What specific policies, practices, programs, or other activities will be implemented to get us there?
- Are we following our designated road map and achieving our expected results?
There are several tools that can be deployed for planning with CJCCs. Important introductory planning activities include but are not limited to the list found below. Each of these tools will help inform goals and maintain momentum for projects and programs that become the focus of the work of the CJCC. Additionally, the EBDM Framework provides an excellent, research-based foundation, processes, and set of tools for conducting overall criminal justice planning activities. Some suggested activities for planning are listed below.
- Stakeholder Analysis
- Mission and Vision planning
- Data Development and Analysis
- Policy Analysis
- Practice Analysis
- Justice System Mapping
- Formal Strategic Planning
- Goal Setting.
More details on how to implement these activities are found in Chapters 2 and 3.