Strategic planning: creating the right process for your organisation

In a rapidly changing environment for the voluntary sector, organisations need to have a clear and comprehensive strategy in place. A strategy is not just the plan on paper: it is the process by which an organisation reaches agreement about its direction, priorities, and resources. On this course, you will learn how to craft a strategy development process that is right for your organisation.

Date 11 May 2018
Time 09.30 - 16.30
Location NCVO Conference Suite, London N1

While the tools for strategy are often well-known, taking your organisation – staff, trustees, senior leaders and beneficiaries – on the process of articulating your goals, agreeing your priorities, and developing a robust plan, can be a challenge. This course will explore the different options for developing strategy, methods for creative and innovative thinking, power and participation. By the end of the course, you will have developed a skeleton plan for developing your organisation’s next strategy.

By the end of the course you will have:

  • Greater understanding of the purpose and limitations of strategic planning
  • Increased awareness of the necessary components of good strategic planning processes
  • Explored the different organisational stakeholders that need to participate in the process – and how
  • Greater knowledge on how to enhance the creative thinking in your organisation
  • Articulated a strategy process for your organisation 


NCVO Conference Suite, Kings Cross, London, N1 9RL. Where are we?

Who should attend?

This course is designed for those involved with strategy, business planning and organisational development. This course will support participants to develop a process for strategy within their organisation and is aimed at decision-makers, such as senior leaders, CEOs, chairs and trustees. 

Who runs it?

Alex Farrow leads on supporting organisations to strengthen their strategy and evaluate their impact as a Lead Consultant at NCVO Charities Evaluation Services. Alex is a highly experienced researcher and consultant, with significant experience in qualitative methodologies, organisational change and strategy development.

Alex is deeply rooted within the UK voluntary sector, including as a charity trustee, and has worked extensively with local authorities, organisations and government departments across the country. Alex has supported strategy development and business planning processes with international and national organisations, most recently with the Equalities & Human Rights Commission, University of Nottingham Student’s Union, Family Holiday Association, the Diana Award, and Girlguiding UK. Alex has worked extensively in international development, providing technical assistance to national governments and UN agencies in the design, implementation and evaluation of national youth strategies.

Book a place  

Our pricing structure is based on your organisation’s gross annual income. We also offer a 30% discount for NCVO members.

Not quite what you are looking for?

If you want to focus more on agreeing and articulating the purpose of what you do as an organisation – particularly from an evaluation perspective – see our course on developing your theory of change.

If you’re looking for something more practical, see our Knowhow pages on strategy, impact and organisational performance.

Before you start your strategy process, you might need to consider your governance. If you need support with charity governance – as a trustee or someone servicing boards and want help with governance administration, our new course Supporting Good Governance would help you.

Contact us

If you have any questions, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 020 7520 2587

Would you like to run this training for your organisation?

We offer bespoke and in-house training on a range of topics, including governance and leadership, sustainable funding and strategy development. For more information please complete our online contact form.


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