360 Plans provide a repository for joined-up strategies and objectives to work together. Publishing plans provides an opportunity to check the alignment of Strategic and Operational planning activities. The Hierarchical Model of Corporate, Directorate and Service Plans allows goals and objectives to be tiered so that at the higher the plan answer the question “Why?” while more detailed plans answer the question “What?" and "How?”.
The organisation typically assesses its Corporate Plan every 3 years or so based on where it is now and what are the current imperatives. The strategic planners answer searching questions about the organisation in such a way as they can be used when planning future Activities and outcomes. Plans are constrained by resources and guidance given to maximise the return on efforts expended.
This work is incorporated into planning across the organisation to utilise scarce resources in a way that fulfils the mission of the organisation and takes advantage of opportunities to improve outcomes and overcome obstacles.