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Have you found planning for the future impossible recently? We know how you feel.

But fear not. Our Effective Strategic Planning course will teach you how to see the bigger picture, implement horizon scanning techniques and plan for big events before they happen. Develop the skills to forecast and analyse trends which might have an impact on your organisation – including cultural, political and economic developments.

Through interactive expert-led exercises and feedback sessions, leave the day with the tools and knowledge to implement a strategic plan to ensure your organisation is taking the best step forward.’

Unlocking the Power of Virtual

Our virtual courses have been designed with you in mind. From group exercises in breakout rooms to live chat, whiteboards and interactive polls, we use a range of tools and techniques to ensure that you can connect with your trainer; network and share best practices with your peers and leave the day with the skills you need.

Our courses provide you with an interactive and engaging learning environment that can be accessed from any location, helping you to continue to connect, learn and grow.

Please note we will be using Zoom to deliver this course.

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David Elverson
Change Management Expert

David is a change management and commercial expert, with a passion for helping to create more effective services. He works with a wide range of organisations and their staff on developing their commercial awareness, bringing about culture change and developing and implementing effective strategies.

He has worked extensively across the public and private sectors, working with over 50 local authorities, many NHS Trusts, Central Government departments and Science Councils in the last three years.

David is passionate about translating strategy into action in a way that engages staff and develops buy-in and high levels of productivity. Read more

Learning Outcomes

  • Examine a range of examples of strategic planning techniques
  • Gain a thorough understanding of horizon scanning and its uses
  • Understand a range of tools and techniques to effectively map information
  • Discover different approaches and receive tailored advice on implementation
  • Develop an action plan to implement the right methodology within your organisation
  • Identify possible future threats and opportunities specific to your organisation and the public sector
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives

10:00 - 10:45

Strategic Planning and Horizon Scanning

  • Get to grips with different definitions and theories
  • Appreciate the bigger picture – why do we need to plan ahead?
  • Learn about different scenarios when horizon scanning is used
10:45 - 11:30

Strategic Planning in Specific Contexts

  • Understand different approaches and methodologies
  • Consider when different approaches are most useful
  • Look at your own organisation and what to consider throughout planning
  • Apply the benefits of each approach to your organisation
11:30 - 11:45

Morning Break

11:45 - 12:45

The Importance of Analysing Trends

  • Analyse specific cultural, political and economic trends
  • Discover how analysing trends could benefit your organisation
  • Forecast which trends will most impact your work and your team
12:45 - 13:45


13:45 - 14:30

Threats vs. Opportunities

  • Engage in discussion around your organisation’s challenges
  • Consider the threats facing different organisations and industries
  • Discuss the importance of outlining potential threats and future opportunities
  • Draw conclusions on the best ways of mitigating your challenges and how best to uncover opportunities
14:30 - 15:00

Recognising the Importance of Building in Communications

  • Understand when to seek advice on communications
  • Learn when communications most effectively deployed
  • Discuss the role of communications in strategic planning
15:00 - 15:15

Afternoon Break

15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Applying the Right Approach to Your Organisation

  • Receive dedicated advice from the Trainer on your action plan
  • Recap the methodologies and tools covered throughout the day
  • Formulate an action plan to implement horizon scanning in your organisation
16:00 - 16:15

Feedback, Evaluation & Close