University of British Columbia

"Creating Strategic Plans" Online Professional Development Course
September 28, 2015 - 8:00am - November 29, 2015 - 6:00pm

This online course provides you with the knowledge and skills required to develop, implement, and evaluate a range of strategic plans that support a community’s cultural development.  All successful cultural development initiatives - including public art, facilities development, community grants, etc. should be informed by a strategic planning process that is inclusive, collaborative, and comprehensive. This course provides information, tools, and resources for those involved in a strategic planning process – as staff, as politicians, and as community members – and for those looking to participate effectively in such a process within their community or organization.

This includes:

-Understanding the purpose of strategic planning and a plan’s relationship to cultural policy and program

-Identifying key components of a successful plan

-Creating an evidence-based planning process that build on the facts and sets measurable indicators of success

-Creating an inclusive planning process that really engages internal and external parties

-Synthesizing your material into a coherent, strategic document

-Developing an implementation strategy that receives stakeholder approval


Instructor: Sue Harvey, former managing director of Cultural Services, City of Vancouver.

Registration fee: $800 CAN.

Course Dates: Sept 28-Nov 29, 100% Online.

Registration closes Sept 14, 2015.

Note: This course is approved by the Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) for Organized Continuing Professional Learning (CPL) Learning Units.

This course can be taken indivudually for professional development, or applied to the UBC Certificate in Cultural Planning - an international professional learning program delivered 100% online. For more information about the program and to register, visit