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DOH - Approaches to Environmental Scanning - Tallahassee March 20th, 2017

  • 20 Mar 2017
  • 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Florida Dept of Health, 1515 Old Bainbridge, Tallahassee, FL


  • Approaches to Environmental Scanning - Tallahassee, Fl

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Approaches to Environmental Scanning Course

The environmental scan is an assessment tool to prepare a group to do further work, such as strategic planning or making significant decisions.   It includes relevant factual data such as an organizational or community history, accomplishments, industry and/or economic trends and subjective data such as customer, staff or community perceptions.  In following the environmental scan with a planning process, the analysis of information about real and perceived needs provides a basis that will assist in strengthening later sessions.

An environmental assessment or other preparation activities can help participants gain insight into factors that may be driving or influencing their organization or community.  It is essential for a group to know and understand the significance of these influences before it can start the planning process.  For example, such preparation creates a common context for creating a vision for the future.  When used as the first step in ToP Strategic Planning, an appropriate form of environmental assessment helps focus the planning.

There are many ways to approach an environmental assessment.  You will be introduced to multiple approaches to environmental scanning: 

  • Current Trends Conversations - Brief and Extended Versions
  • Environmental Context Overview and Situation Assessment Frameworks
  • Cooperative Study of Quantitative Data
  • The " Wall of Wonder Environmental or Historical Scan
  • The Wave Paradigm Inventory
  • Strategic Juncture Analysis
  • Comprehensive Screens: Plotting a Snapshot of an Organization
This training deepens and expands upon the Preparation and Design Section of the ToP Strategic Planning Course.  It is recommended that participants have completed the Technology of Facilitation Methods but not required. 

Who Should Take This Course?  People who work with groups that need high-levels  participation and who are preparing to enter into strategic planning or moving through a major organizational change.
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Executive directors and board members
  • Facilitators, trainers and consultants
  • Educators and health practitioners
  • Active citizens community leaders

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