Strategic Planning For The Michigan Department Of Human Services

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Berman (2006) contends that strategic planning “is a process that helps organizations and communities to align their priorities and missions” (p. 64). Through strategic planning, “organizations develop new goals and strategies, update their missions, and create shared commitment among leaders, employees, and others regarding present and future endeavors” (p. 64). Before the merger of the Michigan Department of Community Health and the Michigan Department of Human Services took place, I am certain there was strategic planning. Using Berman’s (2006) four phases of strategic planning (p. 67), the following is a hypothetical strategic plan for MDHHS prior to its merger. Berman (2006) states the preplanning phase of the strategic planning…show more content…
69). Within the MDHHS, research could include; current mission, vision and value statements, public health budget, possible federal health care reform impacts on statewide public health and an organizational assessment against national public health standards and measures as compared to MDHHS. “The outcome of the research phase is not only consensus about the facts of the organization and its environment; it also gives focus to the next step, that of formulating the organization’s vision for itself” (Berman, 2006, p. 70). Organizational mandates and the type of stakeholders that need to be engaged are often identified prior to developing mission, vision and values. Once an understanding of mandates and stakeholders are clear, then the design phase can continue. The MDHHS strategic planning team and its designated stakeholders develop statements to describe what the department does and why it exists, decides upon principles and beliefs that will guide the continued work of the department, and a statement of the ideal future state based on the work the department intends to do (mission, vision, values, respectively). In addition, the information collected in the research phase is compiled and assessed and any additional data needs are identified and summarized. Organizational strengths and weaknesses and external opportunities and threats (SWOT) or challenges (SWOC) are identified in this phase (Berman, 2006, p. 71). Last is the
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