Challenge

Fewer refugees are emigrating to Minnesota from Burma, and those already settled have an increased tenure living in the United States. The Karen Organization of Minnesota (KOM) leadership acknowledged that the needs and priorities of their community are changing, and they wanted to understand how KOM can continue to remain relevant to the communities it serves.

What we did

DeYoung Consulting Services facilitated a participatory strategic planning process to deliver a plan that would guide KOM’s growth over the next three to five years. DYCS conducted a series of interviews and focus groups with key stakeholders including staff, board members and members of the Karen community. Using these findings, along with conducting and analyzing a SOAR analysisDYCS evaluated the relevance of KOM’s mission in the current economic and political services environment. We worked with the strategic planning committee to identify appropriate organizational goals with measurable outcomes, develop strategic and operational plan, and develop a principled framework for change.

Overview and Value Added

The KOM board and staff now have strategic priorities to focus on over the next 4 years, guiding their growth and ability to achieve their mission. Within each area, they have 2-3 goals that provide an actionable framework for planning.