Planning is a key process that underpins the achievement of sustainable participation outcomes.
This resource has been developed by Sport Australia to help support sporting organisations to develop effective participation plans in accordance with a whole of sport strategy.
Whole of Sport Strategic plans are absolutely critical to delivering the best outcomes for the sport and its members
Whole of Sport Strategy Characteristics:
- One strategy with a shared vision and direction for the sport to enable all levels to operate with the same purpose for the benefit of the sport as a whole
- Plan developed with significant engagement with all key stakeholders
- Consistency with the key strategic pillars and performance measures across national and state bodies
- Regular monitoring and evaluation of the plan with key stakeholders.
A whole of sport strategy is not:
- Each State Sporting Organisation being forced to adopt an existing National Sporting Organisation strategy
- A strategy developed without consultation
- A strategy dominated by one stakeholder group.
The following process is recommended by Sport Australia to support National Sporting Organisations, in conjunction with their State Sporting Organisations, develop effective participation plans to achieve positive participation growth.
Planning process summary
Whole of sport strategic plan in place
It is important that participation plans are developed in alignment with the whole of sport strategy. This approach ensures alignment and supports unified behaviour when implementing strategies.
Stakeholder identification and consultation
Sports have many stakeholders, internal and external that have an interest and impact upon a plan. The planning processes are successful when stakeholders are notified of the process and invited to contribute.
Establish a planning team
Establishing a small team of individuals from your organisation and stakeholder representatives that have a responsibility for the planning process. A planning team should not just be a board or staff member. Consider engaging a facilitator to lead planning process.
Build an evidence base
Whether assessing the current situation of an organisation, developing strategies or setting goals, reliable evidence is required to support the decisions of those involved in the planning process.
Develop the plan
Using a strong planning methodology provides a clear step by step approach to developing a plan. A common planning methodology is outlined below:
After draft plan is developed, consultation with identified stakeholders is critical to achieve buy in and support. It also provides insights that the planning team may not have considered.
Feedback should be considered and plan amended where required.
Now the plan is finalised, activation of the strategies can now commence. Ensuring strategies are measurable provides a solid platform to review progress.
|Communication||Circulate the finalised plan to all key stakeholders|
|Performance measures||On a quarterly basis, determine which KPIs your team has met and how you can continue to meet them, adapting your plan as necessary.|
|Future direction||An opportunity to re-evaluate your priorities and course-correct based on past successes or failures.|