Creating Strategic Plans

This online course provides you with the knowledge and skills required to develop, implement, and evaluate a range of strategic plans that support a community’s cultural development.  All successful cultural development initiatives - including public art, facilities development, community grants, etc. should be informed by a strategic planning process that is inclusive, collaborative, and comprehensive. This course provides information, tools, and resources for those involved in a strategic planning process – as staff, as politicians, and as community members – and for those looking to participate effectively in such a process within their community or organization. This includes:

  • Understanding the purpose of strategic planning and a plan’s relationship to cultural policy and programs
  • Identifying key components of a successful plan
  • Creating an evidence-based planning process that build on the facts and sets measurable indicators of success
  • Creating an inclusive planning process that really engages internal and external parties
  • Synthesizing your material into a coherent, strategic document
  • Developing an implementation strategy that receives stakeholder approval

Courses are structured to provide a positive learning environment for participants to engage and interact with the content and class discussions. In an online course, additional time for individual study and reading is required to review the course material for assignments. Instructors facilitate throughout the course and are available to provide feedback via email and through discussion forums. This course involves an average of 12 to 15 hours of study per week.

Note: This course is approved by the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) for Organized Continuing Professional Learning (CPL) Learning Units.

Instructor: Sue Harvey

Standard Fee: $800 CAN

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"As a manager responsible for cultural planning processes for our municipality I wanted to have a solid theoretical background and to use that in supporting the development of a cultural planning strategy for our community.  The course really gave me the knowledge base I was looking for. I find I apply the learnings regularly working with our staff, evaluating our current plan, and looking forward to future planning exercises.  I found the course so beneficial and the online format so accessible that I will be recommending these and other Centre for Cultural Planning courses that are offered to our staff and other professionals in the field."

-Kristina Öberg, Culture Superintendent, Recreation, Parks and Culture, The City of Red Deer

Course Format

The format of this course is 100% online.

Available Sessions

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