Community Planning

We offer a variety of community planning services for groups focused on addressing and preventing social issues. Most of our clients work collaboratively with community members and partners to establish broad goals that lead to sustainable change in the health of their community.

Community Needs and Readiness Assessments

Our Community Planning Services

Community Strategic Plans

Prevention Planning

One of our specialties is assisting organizations in mapping how prevention programming can be more comprehensive and effective.

When facilitating broad community planning processes, SPS senior staff utilize a three-step process:




Map current program outcomes on to the social ecological model.

Tags: Collective Impact, Collaboration, Alaska

“Pathways to a Safer Sitka” Collective Impact Initiative in Sitka, Alaska


Since 2015, SPS has facilitated the transition of the Pathways multistakeholder collaborative in Sitka, AK to using the Collaborative Impact approach. This prevention coalition has been in operation for over twelve years and has broadened their approach to address the entire wellness of Sitka, which demands a more structured and data-driven collaborative approach, such as Collective Impact. Wendi Siebold has worked as the lead consultant on this project and has trained the CI collaborative and staff from the backbone organization in the phases and conditions of CI and has worked with each workgroup/goal areas to develop shared measures. As part of this project, SPS honed a facilitative process by which to walk partners through the identification of their current outcome data and measures while aligning that data with the goals of the Pathways CI Initiative. Materials and training provided by national collective impact technical assistance providers did not address the level of alignment that Pathways needed to do across a multitude of partners with existing measures, so we took the collective through a more advanced conceptual modeling exercise, that ultimately aligned the measures across partners.

Tags: LGBTQ+, Strategic Plan, Survey, Alaska

Southeast Alaska Gay & Lesbian Alliance (SEAGLA)

SPS is leading a strategic planning process for the Board of Directors of SEAGLA to reframe and define the role and work of SEAGLA within the Southeastern region of Alaska. The Board intended to more inclusively represent the LGBTQ community and provide regional representation and funding opportunities for the LGBTQ community. SPS is administering an online regional survey to assess the needs and wants of the LGBTQ community, which will inform a two-day in-person strategic planning session facilitated by SPS, and culminating in a written five year strategic plan.