There are a range of tools and techniques to help organisations with strategic planning. In fact, there’s so much choice, it can be quite daunting to decide which ones to use, and when.

Key tools

This section introduces some of the tools most widely used by voluntary and community organisations. We’ve suggested which parts of the strategic planning process they could be used for and list some pros and cons to each one. You can also read other people’s views on the tools and contribute your own thoughts. There may be other tools and techniques that have worked for you, which you might like to share too. If you think a tool is missing from this list, email us.

Make tools work for you

When you’re thinking of using a tool, you need to be clear about what you want to achieve with it. Sometimes, it can be all too easy to be led by a tool, rather than making it suit your needs. To ensure a tool is going to do the right job, you may want to adapt it, or you could even create your own tool to get the results you want.


The financial costs, time and skills required by different tools are also important things to consider.

Further help

Our strategic planning toolkit Tools for Tomorrow features many of the tools listed here, plus several more. For each tool, the resource contains:

  • a detailed description
  • a case study
  • a worksheet to help you consider how to use the tool
  • a planning form to help you get the most out of the technique

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Last updated at 17:41 Mon 12/Apr/10.


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