Planning and Evaluation

A Step Ahead

The Wyoming Business Council (WBC) recommends once you evaluate where you are, it is time to get a plan to move toward where you want to be.  Planning is not a one size fits all.  The WBC offers many planning options to fit each community’s needs and consultation for businesses to get your business to the right resource. Some communities allow the future to happen to them. Successful communities recognize the future is something they can create.

Communities that take the time to create a vision of the future they desire and work through a process to help them achieve their goals understand their dreams will only come true through great effort, determination, and teamwork. Cost of services varies. Most services require securing an acceptable venue, providing meals or snacks and drinks, and providing outreach into the community. 

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Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.

Alan Lakein

Recognizing this trend, the Wyoming Business Council (WBC) initiated a Site Evaluation and Certification program. The WBC retained McCallum Sweeney Consulting (MSC), a site selection consulting firm based in Greenville, South Carolina. MSC has executed a number of similar programs around the country. The programs are designed to closely parallel MSC’s site selection projects, with the questionnaires and required support documentation similar to what is required on their siting projects.

Program Overview

Site Certification Program Category Criteria

Qualification Form

On the Lighter Side

Best for communities who want to hear from community members what their ideas are for the future. 

One way of achieving community goals is through a community-visioning project. Such a process brings together all sectors of a community to identify who they are, what they value, evaluate changing conditions, and build collective approaches to improve the quality of life in the community. This service included a community engagement component and facilitated sessions. 

Best for communities who want to start looking at analyzing opportunities and begin to formulate goals. 

A SOAR Analysis is a simple method and applicable to a variety of levels of operation.  Strengths, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results (SOAR) is like a SWOT Analysis, but is a more positive, action-oriented approach than SWOT.  The beauty of this approach is the Aspirations turn into Goals and Results turn into action items. This service included a community engagement component and facilitated sessions. 

Action Mobilization

Best for Communities who have several plans and need to prioritize different recommendations into one set of Priorities. 

WBC reviews any community plans and evaluations.  A site visit by a team may be conducted to the community an outside assessment. A written synopsis is prepared with suggestions to move forward.  A facilitated Action Planning session may be conducted to mobilize the community to move forward. 

Best for organizations who have a plan and goals, but need to mobilize action by defining what, by when and who is responsible. 

Action Planning turns your strategies and goals into action.  It is working through exactly what you need to do, by when and by whom, in order to achieve your goals and get where you want to be. This service includes a facilitated session. 

Best for loosely connected networks/organizations working together toward common goals. 

Strategic Doing teaches people how to form collaborations quickly and move them toward measurable outcomes, making adjustments on the way. It starts with building upon assets in the room to determine dreams and finally narrowing dreams into action. This service includes a facilitated session. 

Planning Processes

Strategic Planning

Best for Communities who are not ready for a full Master/Comprehensive or Community Development Plan. 

A Strategic Plan provides a roadmap for an organization or community.  It includes Visioning, SOAR/SWOAT, Mission, Goals, Objectives and an action plan. It helps prioritize initiatives and resources. This service includes a community engagement component and facilitated sessions. 

Community Review

Best for communities who are ready to have a formal plan for the future, but do not need detailed data analysis around infrastructure. 

Rich in community engagement, a Community Review is a community development planning process designed and conducted in coordination with leaders, business owners, and residents in your community. The centerpiece of the program is a 2 to 3-day visit to your community by a team of community and economic development professionals. The members of this “Visiting Team” volunteer their time and talents to support your community in developing a plan to manage change and pursue your goals on your terms. 

Community Reviews build on the former community assessment process and add in an enhanced capacity-building component. 

The community review process will leave your community with increased clarity about its goals and opportunities, improved coordination among individuals and organizations, a substantial in-kind contribution that can be used to support future grant applications, and increased awareness of available funding and other resources.

Wyoming’s Community Reviews Program

Welcome to WeCAN!

The Western Community Assessment Network is a 3-year, USDA-funded collaboration among Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming to understand, evaluate, and improve how Community Reviews work and help participating communities see greater success in achieving their goals.

Community Reviews are comprehensive assessment programs that provide information and tools to help communities address priority issues and enhance the quality of life for their residents.

Ripple Effect Mapping

The impact of community-focused work is notoriously difficult to measure. Community-focused programs may have immediate and direct benefits but also may have related indirect benefits beyond initial steps taken. Work done by communities like yours may have ripples of impacts that change culture, policy, and people’s lives in sometimes unanticipated ways. Ripple Effects Mapping is a way to capture all the intended and unintended benefits of programs while harvesting rich, detailed stories that illustrate those benefits.

Wyoming’s Ripple Effect Mapping

Find out more about Ripple Effect Mapping

Community Planning Tools

Ripple Effect Mapping

The impact of community-focused work is notoriously difficult to measure. Community-focused programs may have immediate and direct benefits but also may have related indirect benefits beyond initial steps taken. Work done by communities like yours may have ripples of impacts that change culture, policy, and people’s lives in sometimes unanticipated ways. Ripple Effects Mapping is a way to capture all the intended and unintended benefits of programs while harvesting rich, detailed stories that illustrate those benefits.

Wyoming’s Ripple Effect Mapping

Find out more about Ripple Effect Mapping

A Community Review is a mini-strategic planning process designed and conducted in coordination with leaders, business owners, and residents in your community. The centerpiece of the program is a 2 to 3-day visit to your community by a team of community and economic development professionals. The members of this “Visiting Team” volunteer their time and talents to support your community in developing a plan to manage change and pursue your goals on your terms. 

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