Vermont’s Statewide Process
Tropical Storm Irene provided a dramatic backdrop for the launch of Vermont’s first statewide strategic planning undertaking. Governor Peter Shumlin stated in his introduction to the Statewide Strategic Plan that agencies and departments, “. . . tore down their traditional silos and worked together to overcome this crisis.” Similarly the planning effort was characterized by collaboration across agencies, short-term recovery demands and long-term resilience goals. The results have been equally dramatic. Each agency and department now has a strategic plan, and a statewide plan reflects the state’s high-level priorities and the cross-agency efforts designed to implement them.
Strategic and Workforce Planning Toolkit
Strategic planning is the process of envisioning the future and developing the goals and strategies necessary to achieve it. Such planning is integral to the allocation of resources and to measuring results. Strategic planning helps target scarce resources by focusing strategies on desired results. It also provides context for organizational and cultural changes, and encourages collaboration.
Workforce Planning is a systematic process for identifying the human resources needed to meet organizational goals as established in the strategic plan. It involves having: The right number of people, with the right competencies, in the right positions, at the right time.
The Vermont State Strategic Planning Toolkit:
- Overall planning guide and templates for agencies, departments and the statewide plan
- Annual reporting guide and template
- Planning and reporting cycles
The Vermont State Workforce Planning Toolkit:
- Data collection, competencies, analysis and evaluation
- Succession planning and knowledge transfer
- Training and professional development