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Alignment - The Key to Executing Your Strategy

In light of the upcoming budget and the end of the federal fiscal year, we thought that it would be appropriate to revisit a popular piece published on the Delta Blog.
 Originally posted three years ago under the title ‘Strategic &…

Risk Is Not a Four Letter Word

Along with resolutions, a new year often means change and new initiatives. New opportunities can be an exciting time, but before you jump feet first into a new project/initiative, you should ask yourself: Is it worth the risk? What are…

10 Guiding Principles for an Effective Performance Measurement Framework (revisited)

In our last post, Geoff Schaadt explored Performance Measurement and the effect that an appropriately implemented Performance Measurement program can have on organizational impact. With that in mind, we thought that it would be…

The Business Case for Strategic Planning in Municipal and Regional Governments

If only we had done this two years ago, we would have been working closer together as an organization. This statement reflected the frustration that members of both the (elected) County Council and the (hired) County Staff and…

Enterprise Risk Management, Planning, and Decision-Making (Pt 2)

In the first post on ERM, we discussed what Enterprise Risk Management means and some approaches that you can take to identify risks.  However, the article ended with a big, “And I’m supposed to do what with this information?” So, let’s…

Enterprise Risk Management, Planning, and Decision-Making

The Oxford Dictionary defines risk as “a situation involving exposure to danger” or “the possibility that something unpleasant will happen”.  We prefer to use a neutral definition of the term “risk”: Risk is the combination of the…

Strategic Planning as an Organizational Learning Model

Strategy, and more to the point, the execution of strategy, is often a tremendously complex undertaking. The standard list of “problems” identified with strategic planning include: about 40% of strategic plans fail or are not…

From Compliance to Performance: The 16th Annual PPX Symposium

The theme of the Sixteenth PPX Annual Symposium – From a Compliance Mindset to a Performance Culture – gets to the heart of the challenge posed by results-based management (RBM) but … is RBM still relevant in Government? That was the…

Why All Public Service Managers Need to Care About Evaluation

Results-based management in its current iteration has been around for over ten years and has taken firm root in the Public Service modus operandi as evidenced by the new Policy on Evaluation that requires all direct spending to be…

$90k-a-day for Consulting? Depends What You Are Buying.

Tories hire $90,000-a-day consultant to cut spending The above headline appeared in the Globe & Mail on September 20, 2011. Understandably, the reaction by members of parliament and the public has been swift and vocal. Clearly, many…

Strategic & Operating Reviews: We Can’t Agree to Disagree

Once again, the Canadian Federal Public Service is undergoing strategic and operational reviews (SOR) — and implementing the changes that flow from SOR will represent a tremendous challenge. They’re Crazy From my personal experience,…

A Primer on Evaluation in the Government of Canada

One of the great mistakes is to judge policies and programs by their intentions rather than their results.     - Milton Friedman Delta Partners is pleased to present our newest eBook Evaluation - A Primer on Evaluation in the…

What is Program Evaluation and Does it Really Matter?

A great deal is written about the self-identity of ‘evaluation’ as a discipline and/or a profession.  Viewpoints abound concerning the role and expectations of evaluators, ranging in scope from mere collector and presenter of factual data…

Logic Models: Both a Tool and a Strategic Process

Whether in government, the private sector or the non-profit sector, these key questions apply in any context: Are we doing the right work? Can we make better decisions? Are we getting superior results? Logic models can…

How Resilient Is Your Organization?

In response to last year’s H1N1 crisis, I posted a blog suggesting it would be timely for organizations to consider a strategic planning exercise aimed at developing contingency plans that could be quickly implemented to ensure…

SCENARIO PLANNING: Create a Context

In my November blog post  Scenario Planning: Crystal Balling or Smart Business?, I looked at how scenario planning makes good business sense and shared a client success story. The example I used was part of a strategic planning session…

Business Case Development: Ignore the Fundamentals at Your Peril

Sound Familiar? "We can't afford to fund every new project or development proposal anymore. We have to find a better way to prioritize proposals, decide which to continue, and which to drop." "Starting this year, any request for…

Scenario Planning: Crystal Balling or Smart Business?

Is trying to make projections for the future – which is not the next year, but three to five years out – too risky?  Might this be perceived as “crystal balling” and not worth the time and effort, or might it be something that makes…

Planning to Fail?  Best Practices in Succession Planning

"When boards permit a happenstance approach to succession planning, they have effectively abdicated one their most crucial responsibilities."  Stephen A. Miles & Nathan Bennett  Nov 2009, Forbes.com The same can be said of…

H1N1 Contingency Planning - Are you ready?

The Auditor General of Canada, Sheila Fraser, has taken the federal government to task over its lack of preparedness to deal with disasters; she emphasized the need to plan ahead. The problem is that planning for a disaster that no one…