PLATO's strategic planning is in progress. Check back here regularly for updates on how it is going.
Board of Directors Facilitated Discussion - BoD to develop possible solutions and strategies for addressing core questions. April 21, 2017, 11:30-4:00, Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711
Stakeholder Facilitated Discussion - A larger group of stakeholders (BoD, committee members, coordinators) will validate the Board-generated solutions/strategies and develop more detailed goals and preliminary action plans. April 28, 2017, 11:30-4:00, Lussier Family Heritage Center, 3101 Lake Farm Rd, Madison, WI 53711
The annual member survey completed in September 2016 repeated questions from the previous study so that a year-to-year comparison could be made. We will continue this type of annual tracking study. The strategic planning study is designed to provide additional information needed for the Strategic Plan, specifically insights on the member experience and structure and systems to support our growing membership and your interests and expectations going forward.
You received additional survey(s) if you are a Course Coordinator and/or a Committee or Board Member.
The questions in these are different than the general membership survey so please also complete the general member survey you received.
As a volunteer organization, it is important that we hear directly from those members who have chosen to serve as Board or Committee members or as Course Coordinators about their specific volunteer participation and roles.
After the surveys are completed and compiled, we will conduct two(2) two-hour focus groups as well as a two (2) half-day facilitated planning sessions. Following these sessions we will review action planning results and make a final determination on strategies, goals, timeline, resource commitments etc. and prepare a written plan.
Yes, one of the Action Planning Sessions will include active members.
The goal is to have planning completed by May so it can be shared initial thoughts at the Annual Meeting in May. An executive summary will be mailed to all members and also posted on the website.
Russell Consulting is a Madison business consulting firm. You can learn more about the organization and the principals, Jeff and Linda Russell, by going to their website: russellconsultinginc.com. We worked with the Russells successfully on the previous strategic plan. Their role is to help us develop the best planning process and to conduct the agreed upon tasks such as surveys, focus groups and facilitated action planning sessions.
There is a Strategic Planning Committee that is comprised of the Executive Committee (Scott Kolar, president; Frank Power, past president; Janet Cabot, vice president; Tim Otis, treasurer and Sybil Better, secretary), the PLATO Administrator (Louise Fowler) and past Board president and member (Mary Boyd.)