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Reporting To Environmental Scan Participants:


An executive summary of the plan, including
the proposed community vision, agency mission, critical initiatives, and
objectives is prepared for the environmental scan group. The group is then
reconvened. Through a facilitated process similar to the original environmental
scan process, the group responds to these questions:


·      
What do
you like about the vision statement and what would make is better?


·      
What do
you like about the mission statement and what would make it better?


·      
Are the
critical initiatives appropriate and understandable?


·      
Will you
personally help the agency achieve the strategic plan’s goals?


(a)  If so, how will you help?


(b)  If not, how would the plan need to be changed
so you will want to help?


All data generated through this process is
collected, analyzed, and given to the guiding group for its consideration
during its four-month follow-up session.


The PCSAO has facilitated strategic planning
in more than fifty public child protection agencies. If you were to lay the
vision statements thus created side-by-side, you would observe that, although
the wording changes, the primary themes from vision statement to vision
statement are virtually identical. People want the same things:


·      
For
their children, they want safety and opportunity.


·      
For
their families, they want strength and stability.


·      
For
their communities, they want an environment that is supportive and responsive
to children and families.


If you were to similarly lay the mission
statements developed through this process side-by-side, you would see that
they, too, are practically identical. (For example, see the LCCS vision and
mission statements in a later chapter.) They consistently emphasize and focus
on:


·      
Increasing
the safety and permanence for children.


·      
Increasing
the stability of families.


·      
Providing
high quality services.


·      
Developing
effective community partnerships.





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