Looking ahead – Strategic Directions

Posted on | July 24, 2017 | Category: Newsletter

At the General Assembly in 2018, the IOF will take on a new set of Strategic Directions. These will guide the actions of the IOF during the period 2018-2024, and are therefore a very important key to the development of orienteering. The process of creating these new Strategic Directions was launched already at the 2016 General Assembly, and is now at the halfway stage.

During the first half of 2017, a second consultation phase took place, where the first draft was circulated and IOF Member Federations and Commissions, as well as individuals, were invited to comment.

At the recent IOF Presidents’ Conference, the results of this round of consultation were presented and discussed. The structure of the document was one of the topics on the table. The Strategic Directions will be comprised of several components, such as Vision, Mission, Values, Goals and Working Methods, meaning that the structure of the document, not just the content, is important in the shaping of the final product.

The issue of simplification versus detail was also discussed. The Strategic Directions need to be broad yet specific enough to guide the work of the IOF, which is a fine balance. This led to many questions being raised. What is the purpose of the Strategic Directions? I.e., who is the Target Group? Should it focus internally or externally?

It was also stressed that, although this is a project led by the IOF Council, it is ultimately up to the IOF General Assembly, i.e. the Member Federations of the IOF, to shape their own future. Therefore, engagement and feedback is essential, and the Presidents’ Conference agreed that it hoped to see greater participation in future consultation rounds.

Gathering all the important points raised in discussion between the Member Federations at the Presidents’ Conference, the process will now move to the next stage, where the IOF Council will produce a second draft, with an accompanying first draft of the Activity Plan (two-year plan) for 2018-2020. This will then be put to the IOF Members and Commissions for a consultation round to be completed by the end of 2017.

By the General Assembly in October 2018, when a decision will be made, another and final round of consultation will have been conducted.

You can find the presentation summarising the consultation so far here.

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