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How does the planning process work?

The strategic plan for Middlesex County is organized into four action steps:


1.Discovery: Where are we today

Extensive public outreach was conducted throughout the county through a variety of engagement eorts to ensure those who live, work and study in the county provide feedback on what is important to them so that it can be incorporated into the strategic plan. An assessment of existing conditions will be determined based on input from members of the county and subject matter experts for each of the topics of the strategic plan. This phase will also include identifying issues and con- cerns about the County’s future as well as strengths and opportunities that provide a foundation from which to build a pros- perous future for the County.


2.Visioning: Where do we want to go?

This step will include developing an overarching vision for the County’s future. The aspirational vision will be complemented by a set of easy to understand goals and objectives for each topic of the strategic plan that describe more specifically what the County hopes to achieve in the next 3-5 years in a range of areas. The vision, goals and objectives will be informed with input from stakeholders collaborating at a visioning workshop in December 2019.



3.Action Planning: How do we get there?

As part of the action planning step, specific strategies will be identified that can/should be implemented to achieve the vision, goals and objectives developed in step 2. These strategies may relate to existing policies, programs, projects, partnerships and other initiatives that should be continued or expanded or they may be completely new eorts. Each recommended strategy will be accompanied by a detailed action plan that describes the specific steps to be taken, person(s) responsible, timeline, and resources needed to advance implementation. This step will include two additional stakeholder workshops, as well as public outreach and engagement to collect feedback on the recommended strategies and actions.



4.Monitoring and Evaluation: How are we doing?

Concurrent with Step 3, the development of a monitoring and evaluation plan will be completed which can be used over time to monitor implementation, measure success and periodically report to the public about the progress being made.

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