RPCV Feedback Wanted on Peace Corps’ New Strategic Plan
By Erica Burman on Friday, November 8th, 2013
Over the past several months, the Peace Corps has been engaged in a comprehensive and highly inclusive process to develop a new strategic plan to guide the agency’s work over the next five years (fiscal years 2014-2018). The new plan (still in draft) “…strengthens far-reaching reforms introduced in recent years, addresses decades-old challenges, and leverages promising opportunities to increase the impact of Volunteers and improve operations.” In additional to the Peace Corps mission and three goals, the draft strategic plan includes 11 strategic objectives that form the priorities and focus areas for the agency over the next five years.
According to Peace Corps staff,
“We are now at the point where we can begin consulting with the public on the draft strategic plan, and our first step is to reach out to the RPCV community. Every day, RPCVs advance the Peace Corps mission and are key stakeholders in the future of the agency. We welcome comments from RPCVs on the draft strategic plan — the Peace Corps’ blueprint for the future.”
The Peace Corps has asked the National Peace Corps Association to help solicit RPCV input on the draft strategic plan. The draft strategic plan can be found at www.peacecorps.gov/strategicplan. The Peace Corps will accept comments on the draft strategic plan until December 2nd, 2013. Please send your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update – Message from the Acting Director to Peace Corps Volunteers and Staff worldwide:
We have been engaged in a comprehensive and collaborative process to develop Peace Corps’ new strategic plan for the next five years (fiscal years 2014-2018). Throughout the past year, staff and Volunteers from across the world have participated in the development of the new strategic plan through working groups, interviews, and focus groups. In addition, two questions specific to the development of the new Strategic Plan were added to the 2013 Annual Volunteer Survey (AVS) to help identify Volunteer priorities for agency improvement. Based upon these contributions from across the agency, we have developed a draft strategic plan that sets an ambitious vision for our agency.
Through this plan, we envision a Peace Corps where:
- Every Volunteer has a safe, healthy, and productive service;
- Volunteers contribute to demonstrable gains in human development and mutual understanding in the countries where Peace Corps serves; and,
- More Americans than ever before are inspired to commit themselves to national service for the cause of peace.
The draft strategic plan builds upon and further strengthens a period of far-reaching reform in the agency, focuses on addressing decades-old challenges, and leverages promising opportunities to increase the impact of our Volunteers and improve our operations.
I am extremely pleased with the progress we have made in developing the agency’s next strategic plan. However, success in improving our performance and advancing our agency’s goals will depend upon the active engagement of all staff and Volunteers in both the development and the implementation of the goals, objectives, and strategies outlined in the plan.
The fiscal year 2014-2018 Strategic Plan is Peace Corps’ blueprint for the future. This is your opportunity to contribute to the discussion about the direction of the Peace Corps over the next five years.
Please visit our strategic plan website (www.peacecorps.gov/
strategicplan) to read the draft strategic plan and let us know what you think. The site will remain open until December 2 to receive your feedback. Please send any comments to email@example.com.
We will review comments from staff, RPCVs, the general public, and other groups throughout December as we develop a more detailed version of the strategic plan with measurable, time-bound performance goals and strategies and activities to meet those goals. The final strategic plan will be published with the Congressional Budget Justification (CBJ) in February.
Thank you for all that you do every day to advance the Peace Corps’ mission and for taking the time to provide thoughtful comments on how to move the agency forward over the next five years through the new strategic plan.