Phoenix Workforce Connection – Youth Programs
The Phoenix Workforce Connection is the federal Workforce Development Act program in the City of Phoenix. The City and its contractors provide one-stop centers, and deliver programs for businesses, job-seekers and youth. The City had undergone a strategic planning process, and then in 2006 engaged Blackerby Associates to help it implement that strategic plan.
Blackerby Associates facilitated several meetings with the City, contractor staff and the Youth Programs Committee to develop tactical plans that would lead to implementing the strategic plan.
Community Services Division Strategic and Tactical Plans
The Community Services Division helps poor people deal with crises, longer-term survival and eventual emergence from poverty. Challenges included: increasing innovation; collaborating with not-for-profit and faith-based agencies; increasing public awareness; improving agency organization, particularly regarding programs for people who are homeless; increasing employee productivity and morale; standardizing management practices; and improving case management practices.
Blackerby Associates designed and facilitated strategic and tactical planning processes to help the Division identify these challenges, develop strategies to meet them, and develop the tactical objectives to implement the strategies. The process included a plan-to-plan, environmental scan, focus groups with employees, customers and other stakeholders, facilitated strategic planning retreat, validation survey of issues and priorities, and facilitation of tactical objectives and priorities by the management team.
Senior Services Division Strategic and Tactical Plans
The Senior Services Division faced new challenges as it moved to a new phase of the Division's operations: new facilities are opening, financed by an earlier bond issue; demographic changes resulting from the maturity of the oldest of the Baby Boom generation; high staff turnover and burnout; unstable funding sources; low public awareness; unorganized constituencies.
Blackerby Associates designed and facilitated strategic and tactical planning processes to help the Division identify these challenges, develop strategies to meet them, and develop the tactical objectives to implement the strategies. Elements of the processes included a plan-to-plan, environmental scan, focus groups of employees, customers and other stakeholders, three facilitated one-day strategic planning retreats, facilitated work sessions between retreats, facilitated development of tactical objectives and priorities with the management team.
Youth Opportunities Unit Strategic Plan
The Youth Opportunities Unit (now Youth Services Division) provides counseling services to in-school youth, promotes safe schools, helps young parents achieve self-sufficiency, and other programs targeting the City's youth.
Blackerby Associates designed and facilitated strategic planning processes to help the Division identify these challenges, develop strategies to meet them, write goals and strategic objectives. The process included a plan-to-plan, environmental scan, focus groups with YOU employees, facilitated planning retreat, and a validation survey of issues and priorities.
Education Division: Head Start Re-funding Grant Application
Every three years, Head Start grantees must submit a new grant application justifying their program and budgets. The City of Phoenix operates eight Head Start sites directly, and subcontracts with 13 community-based organizations to operate an additional 67 sites. Together the 75 sites serve nearly 3,200 children.
Blackerby Associates facilitated representatives of the City and all 13 provider agencies in a strategic planning retreat to establish measurable objectives for the 3-year grant period. Blackerby Associates wrote a City-wide needs analysis, including an analysis of the demographics, disability needs, social services needs and accessibility, available resources, City-wide objectives, and student recruitment practices. Each Head Start provider agency wrote a description of its programs and an analysis of its specific needs. Blackerby Associates heavily edited these provider analyses, so that the entire document appeared to be written by a single person, with a consistent style, graphic design and organizational schema. Based on provider-submitted materials, Blackerby Associates also wrote a volume of budget narratives, describing agency expenditure patterns using a consistent style and organizational schema.