SSH Strategic Plan
A strategic plan is a working document that helps a Board of Directors to chart a course for the organization by identifying goals for a certain time period and outlining how the organization will achieve those goals. The following strategic plan was crafted after obtaining member input and with careful deliberation to accommodate the growing numbers and diversity of our membership. The new SSH Strategic Plan targets the next 5-years; from 2015-2020. The fundamentals of the Society’s strategic plan were presented to the membership during the January 2015 business meeting, as well as during the presidential address at the opening of IMSH.
For those of you interested in learning more about the elements of a Strategic Plan for Non-profit Organizations (like SSH), there are widely available resources online. SSH based its format on the recommendations of the Society’s legal counsel, adopting a framework that includes the following sections:
- Mission Statement - Approved by the Board of Directors in 2014.
- Outline Of Goals, Objectives, And Activities -Approved by the Board of Directors in 2015.
- Assessment Of Current Resources - Evaluated by the Board of Directors in 2014.
- Strategic Analysis - SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats) conducted by the Board of Directors in 2014.
The Executive Committee (EC) met in late March for a weekend retreat to complete the writing of the SSH strategic plan. The draft of the plan was circulated to the Board of Directors, who provided final feedback and edits to the EC before the June 2015 BOD Meeting. With unanimous support, the Board of Directors approved the Strategic Plan during the June 2015 BOD Meeting. The plan establishes a framework for growth that is nimble enough to facilitate member engagement, leadership, and professional development opportunities through multiple, coordinate objectives. An emphasis was placed on creating numerous opportunities for participation at all levels of membership, with flexibility for the amount of time commitment members have to contribute. The plan allows the Society to manage and track progress towards its overall goals and objectives, while guiding members towards activities related to their professional interests.