SUMMARY OF STRATEGIC PLAN – VIRGINIA MEDIATION NETWORK
In 2019, the Virginia Mediation Network worked with a consultant to develop a strategic plan for the next several years. A meeting was held in 2019 and a report was developed for VMN with an identification of the issues/problems to be worked on, the method to deal with those issues and meet our goals/objectives along with recommendations to make VMN a stronger, more viable organization. A copy of the Strategic Plan can be found at the VMN Website
In the meeting along with the subsequent report, the following issues/problems were identified.
As a means of achieving the goals and recommendations of the plan, an initial survey was sent to the group with questions related to the future of VMN. The method used to structure the meeting and come up with recommendations was Appreciative Inquiry. Through questions, Appreciative Inquiry is meant to identify is meant to identify strengths and optimize those positive forces in an organization. The 4-D Model was used (Discovery, Dream, Design & Delivery).
In the Discovery stage, the report focused on the assets and strengths of VMN. In the Dream stage, participants were asked to consider “what ifs” and envision where the needs and desires of VMN are met. In the Design state, the focus was on how to make changes within VMN with an emphasis on VMN’s strengths that are prevalent along with positive visions of the future. IN the final stage (Delivery), the emphasis was on those priorities, needs and resources that VMN would need to meet our expectations.
As a result of the meeting and report, the plan consisted of the following recommendations. These were categorized by short-, medium- and long-term recommendations:
One final observation from the plan is that VMN must meet the growing changes within our profession. We believe VMN is taking a more proactive approach to help our members acquire new skills and aptitudes to meet these changing needs. As stated in the Strategic Plan, VMN must continue to be proactive both where mediation is going in the future, but also proactive towards other skills, such as facilitation, coaching, restorative justice.In conclusion, over the past several years, the VMN has adopted some of these recommendations that have contributed to the growth of VMN, expanded educational opportunities for recertification, and increased attendance at the fall conference. Moving forward, as this Strategic Plan is almost five years old, the VMN Board has set up a work group to review the current strategic plan to determine whether to amend the current plan or develop a new one to continue to meet the needs of VMN.