Objective: Illustrate the main stages of the planning process and highlight the varying levels of effort required.
PHASE: 1 | Where are we now?
This activity should take a few hours.
- To stimulate thinking about process management and effort
- To communicate concerning process management
Stakeholders involved in the planning teams
The process diagram is a simple tool to help visualise the varying efforts involved in plan preparation and the key points of participation. It is a stylized diagram and thus remains relatively simple and is useful for communication. See the diagram and its explanation.
Step 1: Use the figure from this toolkit.
Step 2: Customise the diagram to fit the strategic process being planned.
Step 3: Use it as an input to discussions on the planning process focussing on the level of activity involved and its link to preparation for discussions and preparation for decision making.
- The tool is relatively simple,
- The tool makes clear the process visually
- The tool focusses on levels of effort at different stages and helps in thinking through the resources needed and the time implications.
- Although relatively simple, some participants may not be used to working with or understanding abstract diagrams
Generally accessible documents:
UN-Habitat (2005) Promoting local economic development through strategic planning : volume 2 : manual, Nairobi, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).