State Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning in Utah

One of the cornerstones for creating a culture of quality governance is for organizations to articulate and communicate their strategy. Strategy provides the rationale behind performance metrics (both those used on an internal scorecard and those high-level outcomes that are communicated to the public).

State-level Planning Framework

A state-level strategic planning framework must account for the following:

  • At its most basic level, the role of government is to align its efforts to the interests and needs of its constituents and stakeholders.
  • Agencies in support of a mission that is defined and funded by the Legislature.
  • The Governor provides leadership, prioritization, and direction that influence the agencies in their execution.
  • Boundaries between entities must be respected in the planning process.
  • An agency's strategic plan should communicate a cross-boundary vision.


In Utah, the Governor's strategic direction will be communicated through a cabinet-level plan that is developed through strategic forum meetings. The intent of this plan is to provide a broad perspective that agency plans can align to, within the scope of their mission. Together these plans function as a framework that shapes funding priorities for the next 18 months to 5years.

It is expected that the cabinet and agency strategic plans will shape the budget and policy development process. Therefore, they should be updated and reviewed during agency performance meetings. Links to agency plans can be found on the agency performance section of this site.

A copy of the most current Emerging Issues and Strategies document can be found here.

More Information:

External Link For more information on state-level strategic planning, please contact the GOPB Management Section here, or at 801-538-1027.