Participatory strategic planning: the experience of USAID's Center for PHN in designing its HIV/AIDS strategic objectiveDescribes the participatory strategic planning process. The primary rationale for a participatory approach to the redesign process was the belief that committed stakeholders lead to greater program effectiveness, impact and sustainability.
Three stages were implemented in the participation process. Stage one consisted of HIV/AIDS Prevention Conferences held in Washington and Vancouver, as well as numerous town meetings held in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Central America, and Washington.A donors’ meeting was also held in April. Questionnaires were distributed to NGO’s and USAID missions. With over a thousand participants in every conceivable stakeholder group, a Universal Framework of Objectives for HIV/AIDS was created. Stage two entailed a multi-stakeholder Priority Setting Workshop which was held in Washington. SO 4 design workshop defined PHNC’s strategic objective and set priorities for the strategic process. Preliminary results were drafted. In Stage three a series of core team meetings were held, in which the team validated the strategic objective, increased the number of results, defined subresults, and chose performance indicators. Intended and actual outcomes of the participation process are described. Sitio Web (URL): http://www.usaid.gov/pop_health/pdf/stratpln.pdf Autor(es): M. Girma