5.1 The overview of the analysis of submissions discussed the impact of reduced resources on implementation of the strategy (page 3). It was suggested that the original strategy may have been overly ambitious and did not consider the changing economic environment (page 25). Both points strongly support the need to prioritise, so that a new strategy contains realistic and achievable actions. Constructive discussion on priorities would be helpful.
6.1 Once a strategy is drafted and adopted it begins to go out of date immediately, as the context continues to evolve and develop. However, it is always essential to have a plan to start with, so that activities are directed towards desirable goals. The overall goals of the strategy are unlikely to change radically over a number of years, but circumstances may change and new opportunities emerge, which the activities of the strategy should reflect. In other words, the strategic focus may remain broadly the same over time, but the tactics to achieve strategic aims may change. In particular, it may be that in a number of years time resources may not be as constrained as they are now. Therefore, a strategy with a moderate time span, could be reviewed and altered at its mid-point. Indeed as particular activities are completed or terminated additional activities might be included on an ongoing basis.