Using Visual Strategy Diagrams for faster NZ government planning 

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A number of aspects of the DoView Fast Visual Planning approach have been used within individual New Zealand government agencies, providers, and iwi. Aspects of it has been also been used with other governments and with international organizations such as the IMF.  


Since 2000, many of the outcomes sets in NZ government agency planning documents - particularly within Statements of Intent - have been based on individual agency DoView Visual Strategy Diagrams. Some departments have used the approach for all of their strategic planning and to provide the structure for the outcomes set out within their Statement of Intent. 


The DoView Fast Visual Planning approach has the potential to now be extended up to the Ministerial level. If this was done, it could be used for high-level planning and priority setting. This would integrate well with the way that a number of individual government agencies are currently using it. Ministers could use Visual Strategy Diagrams to spell out the model they currently have in their heads of what they think needs to be done and their current priorities for doing it. These diagrams could then be used to quickly communicate and discuss their strategy and priorities. They could be used with government agencies, but also with providers and stakeholders and could provide an efficient way of getting strategy translated into action on the ground.   


Below is a demonstration of how a full set of DoView Visual Strategy Diagrams could be developed for the whole of the New Zealand government. On the left are Minsterial-level models for three government priority areas developed as proof of concept models. In the middle column are some examples of individual government agency strategy diagrams. On the right hand side are other examples of diagrams (e.g. for a DHB and a District Council). Click on any box with a small triangle in the bottom corner to drill-down and come back up again. Use HOME to return to the top of the overall diagram. 




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