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This tool looks at the priorities and impact of other organisations involved in your area of work (sometimes called an ‘ecosystem’), so you can make informed choices about the types of relationships you might develop with them.
No organisation can solve complex challenges alone. Understanding the focus of other organisations involved in your area of work will help you to understand:
It’s worth refreshing your understanding of other organisations involved in your area of work each year.
Depending on how much time you have, you could:
1.Define the scope and nature of your area of work as well as the people and communities you seek to serve and what they expect.
2. List the other organisations involved in your area of work. These could be: charities, commercial organisations, statutory organisations and, in certain situations, the ‘informal sector’ (friends, families and neighbours); they also may be competitors, suppliers or partners.
3. Develop an individual profile of each organisation. You can collect the information in a table.
Questions to ask:
If you’d like to go deeper, follow these additional steps
4. Think about the two most important needs for the people and communities you seek to serve. What are the most important aspects of your service (or campaign) for them? What do they want most from you and others working with and for them?
5. Once you’ve picked the top two, draw up a matrix showing each need:
See matrix on p29 of T4T
6. Plot out each of the other organisations and your own organisation on the matrix. You could draw a circle for each that gives an idea of relative size.
7. Reflect on what this shows you.
Questions to ask:
You’ll now have a range of ideas about what you might do. You’ll also have more ideas if you’ve used other tools like PEST or SWOT. The next stage of the strategy process is to make good decisions. There are a number of tools to help.
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