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Revising Your Organization's Strategy

Successful strategic plans are not static. Departments should revise and update their plans at a minimum every three years. However, plans should be evaluated on a yearly basis to measure to see if any adjustments need to be made in order to achieve the department’s desired results. The motto for this section is that “The Plan Should Work For You – Not You For The Plan.”

What are other Metro Nashville departments/organizations doing?

The Metro Police Department uses weekly COMPSTAT meetings to celebrate the success of high performing individuals and teams/programs as well as noting progress being made across the city. Compstat (short for COMPuter STATistics) is essentially an organizational management tool used by the MNPD and many other law enforcement agencies. It was created primarily to provide the framework for a dynamic approach to crime reduction, to address community quality of life issues, and as a guiding tool for personnel and resource management. The elements of COMPSTAT consist of four distinct principles: Accurate and Timely Intelligence, Effective Tactics, Rapid Deployment, and Relentless Follow-up and Assessment.

What are other governments doing?

Title 39 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes requires that department/agency five-year strategic plans be revised and updated, at a minimum, every three years. Each strategic plan remains a five-year plan but is moved three years into the future and revised accordingly.

What is the private sector doing?

OnStrategy is a leader in strategic planning and performance management. The agency was founded in 2000 by the Olsen family who believed that strategic planning should not be relegated to just the Fortune 500s of the world. They have created multiple videos on SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis and how to make it work for your organization.

Reference Materials

Behn, Robert. "The Missing Feedback Into Most Logic Models." Vol. 10. No. 7 Web. 13 May 2015.

DeLorenzi, Daniel. “The CompStat Process: Managing Performance on the Pathway to Leadership.” The Police Chief. Web. 8 May 2015.

OnStrategy. “How to Perform A SWOT Analysis.” Web. 13 May 2015.

OnStrategy. “Putting Your SWOT Analysis To Work.” Web. 13 May 2015.

State of Louisiana. “Revising Five-Year Strategic Plan.” November 2009. Web. 13 May 2015.