Planning

Ensuring that our actions remain coherent with our values requires us to engage in a strategic reflexion process. In light of who we are and what we carry with us, what do we wish to build together? What future do we envision for our organization or our community?

If you wish to engage in a thorough planning or strategic reflexion process, you're in the right place! If you wish to develop a local or regional plan for sustainable development, be it a triannial or a quinquennial, or even if you'd simply like to prioritise your actions in order to develop a practical plan, contact us and we'll be able to counsel you!

Our cooperative has developped a special approach for the creation of strategies in which the implementation of event hosting (workshops, symposia and forums) are just as important as the planning and analysis of these events, which helps bring the various actors towards a common vision. Our expertise in the design of collaborative processes can help you ensure that your meetings, public consultations and strategic planning retreats are memorable and carry meaning. Our co-development approach will allow us to help clarify the intention behind your meetings and the needs that you wish to fulfill, so that together we might design a data collection process which is representative of your organization. We have put together a toolbox loaded with content which touches on participative facilitation as well as collective intelligence techniques adapted to human systems, which makes the design of customized processes possible and allows us to adapt to different audiences (citizens, facilitators, elected representatives, work groups, etc.). We draw our inspiration from the appreciative enquiry so as to showcase the organisation or the territory's assets rather than maintaining the focus on the concerns and problems which it faces. Our approaches fall within robust yet novel frameworks; our main objective at all times is to help you align your collective actions and to contribute to the change you'd like to enact!

Achievements

Strategic coaching - Municipality of Weedon

Our mandate has been to support the municipality of Weedon in their operational planning and the realization of the projects in their local action plan.  As such, we have hosted meetings with management, created a space for the municipality on a Web platform, searched and requested grants to support projects and to conclude, we provided operational advice to the Senior Management and coordinated the master plan and the concept plan.  This mandate was as part of the Projet Avenir Durable (PAD), a new service offered by the Niska team to Quebec municipalities.

September 2016 to February 2017

Planning and development scheme for the RCM of Roussillon

We had the mandate from the RCM of Roussillon to accompany them in the preparation and animation of four workshops with representatives of the territory stakeholders in order to develop the project of a shared action plan between the RCM and the organisations of the territory.

February 2017

Realization of an action plan for aboriginal women's entrepreneurship

Following its elaboration of a three year strategic plan, Niska facilitated the consultation for and composition of an action plan which aims to support aboriginal women's entrepreneurship entrepreneurship in the Cree territory in Nord-du-Québec. January-April 2016.

Strategic planning for youth issues and actions in Richmond

Richmond's committee and youth approached Niska in search of guidance through the design process of a collective planification of an initiative to revitalize their Youth Action Movement. Our action included the realization of a survey, discussion groups and the facilitation of public consultations on youth. September 2015-December 2016.

Reflection on the future of Kateri en forme

The partners' group Kateri en forme asked Niska to support them in facilitating a reflection aiming to update its action plan to better identify priorities as well as the timeline needed to undertake the plan. The workshop will also be an occasion to think of a collective process and ask ourselves about the sustainability of the group. November 2015.

Analysis of Sustainable Development in the Territory of MRC de Roussillon

Niska is proud to support two committees in the MRC de Roussillon through innovative consultative processes, which will lead to a first Social Development Policy and a first ​Sustainable Development Master Plan, in which we will contribute through the undertaking of an Analysis of Sustainable Development. This double mandate creates synergy in the two day-long ​Retreats on the Future of the Roussillon Region, in November 2015, during which Niska will be in charge of the facilitation of a public consultation​ process with citizens and stakeholders from various fields. The conceptual framework of sustainable development management, created and used by Niska, will guide the process and will lead to identifying development orientations, which are social and transversal in terms of sustainable development. September-December 2015.

Strategic Visioning Retreat for Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre

Niska had the privilege of supporting the Chibougamau Eenou Friendship Centre (CEFC) in its strategic reflection for the second time. First aboriginal friendship centre to be founded in Quebec, the CEFC hoped to ground itself in a vision for 2030 and connect with the team and Board members' aspirations, enabling everyone to "row in the same direction", towards common objectives. The retreat was held on January 10-11 2015 and put graphic facilitation and SOAR (Strength, Opportunities, Aspirations and Results) techniques in action. December 2014-February 2015

Social Development Policy for MRC de Roussillon

MRC de Roussillon mandated Niska to conduct its first Social Development Policy. Stakeholder involvement, namely citizens, development organisations and municipal councilors, is at the heart of this participatory process. Niska begins with a profile-assessment which will be presented and validated during day-long planning sessions facilitated by our team, which will also enable the identification of priority issues and establishing a common vision, values and principles. Then, public assemblies will enable the identification and priorization of social development strategies. At the end of this mandate, the social dimension of sustainable development will have its first territorial anchor in MRC de Roussillon. Fall 2014-December 2015.

Participatory development plan for the Portneuf MRC

Niska is mandated to support the development stakeholders in the Portneuf MRC to undertake a participatory local development plan. The intervention will enable the regional players to develop a shared vision for the future and a common understanding through the assessment process. It will enable them also to develop a strategic plan with high impact project. The process will engage the stakeholders of the region and help facililate cohesion in the various actions and plans in the MRC. June 2014-June 2015.

Solidarity and Social Inclusion in Brome-Missisquoi MRC

Niska has the mandate of creating an assessment-profile which will enable a common understanding of the realities with regards to food security and access to services in the Brome-Missisquoi MRC. Furthermore, Niska will work together with the stakeholders to create a concerted action plan for solidarity and social inclusion, taking into account the various projects already in development in various parts of the MRC as well as projects identified in preliminary consultations in line with the two priority issues. February-March 2014.

Solidarity and Social Inclusion in Acton MRC

Niska will support a supralocal group in the Acton MRC in the Montérégie Est region in realizing an assessment of solidarity and social inclusion as well as in priorizing actions. December 2013-March 2014.

Territorial food security action plan for the Etchemins GRAP

Niska supported a group of partners reflecting on ways to fight poverty (GRAP) in the Etchemins MRC in drafting their territorial food security action plan, which was submitted to the Regional Conference of Elected Officers (RCEO) under the Chaudière-Appalaches Solidarity and Social Inclusion Program (SISCA). This participatory operational planning exercice aimed at mobilizing community organizations and stakeholders of the food security sector around concrete and structuring projects. December 2012-March 2013.

Five Year Sustainable Development Plan for the Regional Conference of Elected Officers of Montérégie Est

Following a request for proposals process, Niska has been selected to develop the Five Year Sustainable Development Plan 2013-2018 for the Regional Conference of Elected Officers (RCEO) of Montérégie Est; that is the master regional development document of RCEOs, which guides the allocation of the Regional Development Fund. Niska’s team will take on the role of a coach, and will thus undertake a regional strategic capital diagnostic, based on a cross-cutting analysis of regional sector-based reports, profiles and action plans, focus groups with council members and a consultation with stakeholders. The project starts in October 2012 and will finish in April 2013.

Three-year plan for Regroupement Haut-Saint-François Fou de ses enfants

The Haut-Saint-François Fou de ses enfants group, a network of partners concerned with the global well-being of children aged 0-5, has selected Niska to support them in their three year strategic planning exercice. The Niska team will facilitate a series of four meetings to brainstorm, plan and design actions furthering the health of local children, in line with Avenir d'Enfants' systems approach. The project begins in September 2012 and will finish in March 2013.

Elaboration of a data management system for HRSDC

Niska was mandated to develop a data management system for the evaluation information stemming from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC)'s Community Innovation Pilot project. Niska co-constructed an elaborate evaluation matrix with HRSDC, which was then used to build a custom-made database in Microsoft Access. The system allows HRSDC to quickly have access to answers to its evaluation questions and information on its monitoring indicators, all through simple queries. The mandate also included conducting twelve interviews with project partners from the Rural and Co-operatives Secretariat. The mandate started in July and ended in October 2012. 

James Bay Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion

NISKA was selected to work with the James Bay region on the implementation process of the Governmental Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion (PAGSIS).

As a result, Niska has completed local profiles through which it met with nearly 100 local stakeholders during focus group meetings organised in the six James Bay localities. NISKA also organised and facilitated the Regional Forum for Solidarity and Social Inclusion, on January 18th, 2012, during which over 90 people provided their input for the Plan. Data collected during this process served to write the James Bay Action Plan for Solidarity and Social Inclusion (PAJSIS). 

Development of action plans for three municipalities of the Etchemins RCM: Saint-Magloire, Sainte-Sabine and Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague

Local development strategies acknowledge the role of the municipality as a major player which can contribute to heightening a community's well-being. However, stimulating intangible assets depends on a variety of stakeholders which are more or less organised, and which play or could play a more important role. Thus, a local development strategy geared towards economic diversification and holistic development has to be able to let these stakeholders and assets emerge at the local level, through mobilising and capitalising on local potential. It is in this perspective that NISKA's team works with the three municipalities. In due time, the mandate will result in one or many coherent actions plans which are adapted to the local reality. These plans will include strategic choices which will enable the communities of Saint-Louis-de-Gonzague, Sainte-Sabine and St-Magloire to face their current challenges by tapping on their endogenous development pillars. May 2011 to February 2012.

Assessment and development master plan in the municipality of Sainte-Edwidge-de-Clifton

Undertake a territorial assessment and a holistic development plan in Sainte-Edwidge-de-Clifton. The mandate is undertaken in relation to the Government Action Plan for Devitalized Municipalities. 2009-2010.

Strategic planning for sustainable development in Grand-Remous

Undertaking of a participatory assessment and drafting of a development plan and strategy based on economic diversification and the identification of local projects for the Grand-Remous area. June 2007 to January 2008. 

Local Agenda 21 planning in the des Sources RCM

Undertaking of a territorial assessment in the spirit of sustainable development for the des Sources RCM. December 2005 to October 2006. 

Strategic planning in small communities

This project, financed by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC), aimed at elaborating strategic plans for the following communities in the Eastern Townships (Stanstead / 3 villages with a joint action plan - with collective and individual actions) : St-Venant-de-Paquette, St-Herménégilde and East Hereford. August 2001 to June 2003.

Strategic planning in Acton RCM

Undertaking of a territorial assessment and support in the territorial strategic planning process in the Acton RCM. In 2001 and 2006.