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Advancing Statewide Spatial Data Infrastructures in Support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)

Strategic Planning Process Map

For use by all Stakeholders in the Geospatial Community

Produced by NSGIC
for the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

March 2006

Advancing Statewide Spatial Data Infrastructures in Support of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI)

Strategic Planning Process Map

For use by all Stakeholders in the Geospatial Community

This document was produced by the National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC) under contract to the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC)

Contract Number: 05HQCN0034

www.nsgic.org

www.fgdc.gov

March 2006

www.appgeo.com

This document was created by Applied Geographics Inc. in cooperation with a committee of diverse stakeholders from the Geospatial Community.

Foreword

The many natural disasters that occurred during 2005 provide a compelling reason why all members of the geospatial community must work together to build effective statewide spatial data infrastructures (SSDI) that serve and protect our citizens. Over the coming decade, diverse stakeholder groups will have to work closely together if we are to aggregate these SSDIs to complete the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI). Just as the federal government relies on individual states to participate in national programs, the states must rely on all levels of government, academia, utilities, the private sector and non-profit organizations to contribute to statewide programs. Strategic planning is a critical element for articulating a shared vision, and for building the partnerships that are necessary for disparate organizations to work together on common goals. The key is to identify geospatial needs that are shared by many stakeholder groups. For instance, it is easy to envision that statewide orthoimagery acquired on a routine basis would be useful to almost all stakeholder groups. Effective strategic planning is essential for moving collaborative programs forward and gaining the required support for investments in your SSDI. This project is part of the Fifty States initiative from the Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). A core component of this Initiative is establishing more formal statewide geospatial coordination councils that will help to govern and complete the NSDI by enabling all stakeholders. The principal goals of this project are to:

• Encourage implementation of statewide spatial data infrastructures through effective strategic and business planning efforts. • Provide guidance on planning activities.
• Encourage the formation of partnerships and alliances that will improve planning process. • Provide a uniform national framework for strategic and business plans, so we can compare and contrast them to reveal national trends.

Effective planning is essential for moving collaborative programs forward and obtaining funding for your SSDI. Several documents have been created to support the geospatial community in these planning efforts, including:

• A Strategic Plan Template that provides a process for mapping a clear path from present conditions to a vision for the future. • A Strategic Planning Process Map that divides the process of creating the strategic plan into five simple steps or phases that are each characterized by certain activities, tasks, and accomplishments. • A Business Plan Template that provides a detailed description of how objectives will be achieved, along with the necessary justification for doing them.

The Strategic and Business Plan templates each include major section headings with key information and a series of questions that should be considered. The planning team will determine which questions are applicable for their activities and use the answers to these questions to help draft an effective plan. This structure was developed, because “one size...
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