CIO Strategic Plan: Plan Summary
Between May and August 2008, CIO began a strategic planning process to identify 4-year goals and priorities so the membership, staff and Board of Directors can work together to sharpen the impact of the organization. The plan was further revised by the Board of Directors and approved in the Fall of 2009.
The process was led by a Strategic Planning Group, which consisted of Board members and staff. In addition, 50 CIO members and external stakeholders provided input, sharing a wide range of ideas. Board and staff members supplemented this information by conducting research on the local and national issues that currently impact immigrants and refugees, as well as cutting edge, best practices for immigrant and refugee co-integration. The Board and staff then synthesized and developed these into five core goals with a subset of priorities. A set of performance indicators and measures provide a tool to annually review CIO’s impact in the community and evaluate the effectiveness of CIO’s programs.
The five broad goals are:
- Build CIO’s capacity and infrastructure in order to support a skilled staff, engaged board, and active membership able to carry out strategic program goals.
- Train and support emerging immigrant and refugee leaders and grow a base of informed immigrant and refugee members capable of forwarding the organization’s mission.
- Lead solidarity and movement building among organizations advancing public policies that support immigrant and refugee rights.
- Build the capacity and efficacy of immigrant and refugee community based organizations and mutual assistance associations.
- Proactively frame immigrant and refugee issues and public discourse.