Using Visual Strategy Models for faster NZ government planning 

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Different aspects of the DoView®  Visual Strategy Modeling approach have been implemented extensively within projects in individual New Zealand government agencies, providers, and iwi. In addition, aspects of the approach have been used with other governments and international organizations such as the IMF. 

Since 2000, many of the outcomes sets that have appeared in NZ government agency planning documents - particularly Statements of Intent - have been based on individual agency DoView Visual Strategy Models. Some sector-wide outcomes modeling such as that for the Justice Sector was initially based on the approach. 

In the case of some government agencies (for instance, the Department of Conservation) a departmental-level DoView Visual Strategy Model has also been used as the basis for department-wide strategic planning. It was used to structure the layout of DOC’s Statement of Intent. Other agencies have, or are, in the process of using their agency DoView Visual Strategy Models to also structure their Statements of Intent. 

If New Zealand Ministers adopted the visual strategy modelling approach at Ministerial level, their efforts would interface exceptionally well with the use of the approach by individual government agencies. The ability for Ministers to spell-out strategy within a visual model that is subsequently used to communicate with government agencies would significantly speed up executive strategy implementation. It would also provide an easy way to make sure that strategy implementation is tightly aligned to the outcomes being sought by Ministers. 

Below is a demonstration of how a full set of DoView Visual Strategy Models could be developed for the New Zealand government. On the left  are Ministerial-level models for three government priority areas. Down the middle are some examples of individual government agency models. On the right are other examples of models (e.g. for a DHB and a district council).  Click on any box with a small triangle in the bottom corner to drilldown or move up and use HOME to return to the top of the model.