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I have an assignment due that was a group assignment but the group did the work withpout me because I was in the hurricane. I have to submit the assignments on my own. I have included the previous work that lead to that final project in hopes that someone can do the final project for me. The bottom of the questiopn has what's due. Please let me know. 


Week 4: Structural Framework: Strategic Planning

Failing to plan, is planning to fail.—Alan Lakein

Does the quote from Lakein make you stop and think? Consider that almost 6 in 10 nonprofit human services organizations fail to thrive within 5 years of inception. Think about a human services organization with which you are associated or one with which you are familiar. How can you use a strategic plan to guide the actions of the human services organization? Does the organization’s strategic plan outline the direction and goals of the organization? What other valuable information can you gain by developing a strategic plan?

This week you will explore the core elements of a strategic plan, compare human services organizations, and complete a gap analysis for the human services organization you intend to use for your Final Project.


atti, R. J. (Ed.). (2009). The handbook of human services management (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

  • Chapter 15, "Managing the Planning Process"

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Simoneaux, S. L., & Stroud, C. L. (2011). SWOT analysis: The annual check-up for a business. Journal of Pension Benefits, 18(3), 75–78.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

State of Illinois Department of Human Services, Division of Developmental Disabilities. (2010). Strategic plan FY 2011-2017. Retrieved from

United Way of York County. (n.d.). York County truancy prevention initiative: Strategic plan 2013-2015. Retrieved October 10, 2016, from

Walsh, M. F., & Schaeffer, P. V. (2008). Exploring gap analysis to evaluate participant satisfaction regarding community development planning programs. Community Development, 39(3), 115–129.

Note: You will access this article from the Walden Library databases.

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Group Wiki: Core Elements of Strategic Planning

Note: In the same group you are assigned for your Final Project, you will participate in a Group Wiki. In your Group Wiki, you are expected to build on the wiki posts your group members have added.

There are a set of core elements that human services administrators should use to develop and implement strategic plans. These core elements are the fundamentals, the strategic issues, and the technicals. The fundamentals include the core values, mission, and vision, which represent the organizational identification (ID). The strategic issues include a SWOT analysis tool, which highlights strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Strategic issues also include a gap analysis, an environmental scan, and stakeholder surveys. The technicals element includes items such as strategic goals, strategies, leading indicators of success, performance targets, and action plans for each year of the strategic plan. The technicals element is the executable part of the strategic plan. The core elements of the strategic planning process are interrelated and complex. For this Wiki, review the core elements interactive media, “Structural Framework: Strategic Planning,” in the Learning Resources this week. This visual presentation will provide you with examples of how core elements work together in the strategic planning process. First, review the Graphic Novel: Chapter 6 for background information on Kerry. Next, review the Graphic Novel: Chapter 7. Finally, review the Virtual Community, paying special attention to the New Harbor Community Center.

By Day 4

Post the elements you believe are needed for Kerry to set out a strategic plan for gaining support from stakeholders for her new project and the relationship between at least two core elements. Provide a rationale and/or support for your response.

FYI      Group Discussion: Gap Analysis

A variety of factors may influence the operations of a human services organization and the ability to carry out organizational programs and services effectively. A gap analysis can provide human service administrators with a comparison of organizational performance of similar organizations. For example, a soup kitchen may find that its meal schedule conflicts with another soup kitchen, which results in less availability of food resources for hungry families. A gap analysis also informs human services administrators about areas of improvement in programs and services while also identifying areas of redundancy and overlap. The analysis your team performs this week will serve as one component of the group’s Final Project.

Coordinate with your group to identify the three to five competitors of your Final Project organization. Elect one team member to create a comparative table using Google Sheets (or a similar program for building tables). After it is created, choose File -> Share -> Get a Shareable Link -> Anyone at Walden University with this link can edit. Then, post the shareable link in the Group Discussion area. If you are unfamiliar with Google Sheets, please access this week’s Resources for additional help. Also, see the additional information on collaborating in Google Apps.


Final Project: Group Discussion: Gap Analysis

In the Group Discussion, your team performed the first step of the gap analysis. You discussed with your team similarities and differences among the five competitor organizations and discussed values, mission, and vision of each competitor organization.

This assignment, 1–2 pages:

Based on your teams’ gap analysis table, in this week’s Group Discussion area, describe the SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) that exists for your Final Project organization. Include at the end of your document the sharable Google Sheets link or table your team created in the Group Discussion and the resources you used for your SWOT analysis in APA format.

Support your Assignment with specific references to all resources used in its preparation. You are asked to provide a reference list for all resources, including those in the Learning Resources for this course. You should include in your references at least two resources included in this week’s Resources and at least one outside scholarly resource.

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