Steve Brandt led a discussion of how to approach the next round of strategic planning
- Big ideas to promote?
- New issue areas/goals (e.g. Coastal Tourism)
- Our own strategy
- Our process?
- Tomorrow we’ll talk about forming six internal teams around our key issue areas
- National time line
- We have until May to try to influence the national key areas – but it needs to be something we really want, and we’d need to develop support across the network
- By August, we get the national Strategic Plan and have to conform ours to comply with it.
- We could wait till we see the national plan and tweak ours to conform;
- We could start a whole stakeholder process and completely reshape our plan to meet regional needs
- Or something else
Stick with our independent approach to setting goals and issue areas vs. conforming to the national plan:
Steve Brandt: At present, our goals and issue areas do not match the four national issue areas. This can make reporting and evaluation difficult.
Current national SG strategic areas
- Hazard resilient coastal communities
- Safe and sustainable seafood supply
- Sustainable coastal development
- Health coastal ecosystems
Our key issue areas:
- Community resilience to coastal hazards and climate change
- Coastal learning and decision making
- Fisheries and seafood
- Multiple uses and marine spatial planning
- Oceans and human health
- Watersheds and water resources
- Joe Cone, Pat Corcoran say it’s fine to have our own goals, though it can be can make it hard to report.
- Flaxen Conway says it’s a lot of work to shoehorn our current and planned efforts into new Oregon goals and objectives.
- Xan Augerot says we need the kind of issue area complexity we already have in order to generate the kind of research proposals we want to fund.
- Brian Alleee suggests we stick to our own strategic goals and do some stakeholder testing to make sure they’re still valid, then defend them to the national office.
- Peter Huhtala says our Oregon-centric approach is valid, and we can continue to fit our activities into the national metrics.
- Steve Brandt points out that it’s been hard to get research proposals in the Oceans & Human Health area, and that it’s worth reviewing our issue areas to see if they’re still valid.
Steve Brandt – summary of consensus: Continue to form our own goals and issue areas, re-examining to make sure they’re still valid and including some form of stakeholder input.