The National Service Strategic Plan

Building off my last post on the Corporation for National and Community Service, I want to highlight the agency's current efforts to solicit input for its 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. This plan will build off the most recent strategic plan released in February 2006 (details of that plan are here). As envisioned by the Corporation, the plan will define its mission, goals, and measures of success. It will also guide the agency's funding opportunities, programs, and other resource decisions.

The Corporation will hold a series of six webinars, starting this afternoon with a session focused on education. The full schedule of webinars is below:

·         Education: Tuesday, July 13 at 2:30pm EDT

·         Opportunity: Wednesday, July 14 at 1:30pm EDT

·         Clean Energy: Thursday, July 22 at 2:00pm EDT

·         Healthy Futures: Tuesday, July 27 at 1:30pm EDT

·         Veterans: Thursday, July 29 at 1:30pm EDT

·         Disaster Preparedness: Wednesday, August 4th at 1pm EDT

The webinar links are available here; to join by phone, dial 1-800-857-9607 and enter passcode 9722817.

In addition, the Corporation is collecting feedback through its community dialogue website, which presents a series of three focus questions per subject area. It will also hold a broader conference call on Wednesday, August 4 at 3:30pm EDT (to join it, use the same call-in details for the webinars).

The Corporation intends to release the Strategic Plan in the fall of 2010.

The public outreach for the strategic plan input appears a bit low. But, as the agency intends to “focus on a narrow set of outcomes and drive relentlessly toward those results" (Patrick Corvington's speech at the National Conference on Volunteering and Service), I certainly hope the national service community and others provide the input requested to strengthen the Corporation’s impact.


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