Frequently Asked Questions
Who are the facilitators and what type of experience do they have?
The two facilitators involved with the SDNHM Strategic Planning process are Robert F. Smith and Cynthia Carson. Review Robert F. Smith's resume. Review Cynthia Carson's resume.
How did this project get started?
The last 10-year Strategic Plan began implementation in July of 1992. Since then, we have tripled our operating budget, constructed a new facility, completed a large format film, Ocean Oasis, and raised $30 million for construction, as well as $10 million in future estate gifts.
Bottom line, what are you trying to do?
We are trying to imagine the Museum of 2012 in order to take the steps necessary between now and then to make that Vision a reality. In short, we are trying to create our future.
How will the project accomplish a shared vision?
The plan is being crafted by a core Strategic Planning Committee of 25 with broad-based input from staff, board, volunteers, community leaders, philanthropists, and museum members. Once major initiatives called Key Result Areas are identified, two or three people from the Core Planning Team will recruit 8-10 others with expertise in that particular matter to come up with strategies and action plans. These will then come back to the Core Planning Team and the Board of Directors for action.
How long will it take?
The plan will take one year to craft and ten years of implementation. Planning is never really finished here because we will do annual departmental plans and operating plans within the context of the 2002-2012 Strategic Plan.
How much will this project cost and who is paying for it?
Because of the depth and breadth of our planning efforts, this plan costs $250,000, including outside research, site visits, outside expertise, and staff release time.
How does one become involved in this process?
Good plans are broad-based and involve the best thinking that we can incorporate into the final plan.
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