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Strategic Planning – step by step

Training Course

1-10 April 2022 | Zadar, Croatia

We will learn and practice how to do a Strategic Plan for our non-governmental organisations.

What is this training course about?

We recognized the importance of regular strategic planning and that knowledge and skills for it are missing in youth organisations and in employees/members/volunteers. There are many NGOs from our communities that don’t have a clear strategic plan and there are some who have it but they are lengthy and hard-to-understand documents that mostly gather dust on office shelves. The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on our daily youth work was significant and it urged us to adjust, rethink and regroup is one of the reasons we need to go through the process of Strategic planning. 

What will the TC look like?

The themes and objectives of this project will be put into practice through the following daily activities: Ice-breaking and Getting to know each other; Regular energizers; Programme sessions; Intercultural evening/Optional evening sessions; Daily evaluation/reflection rounds. The whole concept of the training course is designed according to the mutual agreement of all partner organizations in the project. All the sessions have been developed on the basis of non-formal educational methods. There will be a fair mixture of theory and practice as participants will get to know input and background of for example Stakeholders analysis, SWOT, PESTLE, Portfolio analysis, Prioritisation exercise and will have the opportunity to use right away that new input practising it as steps of strategic planning under the guidance of the trainers. So, they will go through the theory of every step of the strategic planning process and work in groups on applying it and analysing their own organisations. 

All participants will receive Youthpass certificate. 

Aim and objectives of the TC

The aim of this project is to empower our members and youth workers, raising their knowledge and skills level in the field of Strategic planning; to produce during this project 5 Strategic planning documents, one for each of the partner organization; to strengthen the partnership between our organization and produce new projects on a European level so we can continue to support each other, educate our youth workers and grow together.

Objectives of the training course:

  • To enhance cooperation between our youth workers and organizations 
  • To improve our local and international teamwork by getting to know stages of group development and how to communicate in an assertive and effective way 
  • To share info about our organizations, their visions, missions and values 
  • To get to know the importance of Strategic planning process and how and why it can benefit our organizations 
  • To provide youth workers with practical tools of Strategic planning which they will be able to use in the future and which will contribute to their professional development and also to organizations’ development 
  • To explore Erasmus+ programme as a tool that can help to achieve objectives of our Strategic planning 
  • To reflect on the experience of the learning process using the Youthpass certificate and frame of 8 key competences

Pre-training course tasks for participants / preparation for the training course and follow-up requirement: 

For the preparation of the activity, participants need to:

  • Enrol and complete preparatory on-line course;
  • Gather relevant documents about the mission, values, objectives and strategic plan of your organisation, and translate the documents in English;
  • To present the main activities and projects of their organization, and also to share some examples of good practice.


  • To organise and implement Local Planning Workshops after the training course (with the support of your sending organisation). Goals of the Local Planning Workshops. Local Planning Workshops need to engage 5 to 10 people, involving people necessary to produce a Strategic plan for each organization. On the Local Planning Workshop, participants from the training course will lead the workshops, share all the tools and process of strategic planning from the training course, and in the end, each partner organisation will produce their own Strategic plan.


The organisers will follow the development of the ongoing pandemic and communicate all necessary information. The health and safety recommendations will be implemented: masks will be used when needed and necessary sanitising equipment will be provided. 

Costs of PCR tests will be covered by organisers (receipts required!). 

More information will be provided to the selected participants.


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Training overview


This activity has already happened!

This Training Course is

for 32 participants

from Austria, Croatia, Germany, Serbia, Sweden

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Volunteering mentors, Members of the governing board

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):




Association Carousel 8 is a non-governmental organisation from Zagreb, established in order to provide learning and volunteering opportunities primary to youngsters. Goals of the Carousel 8 are:
• inclusion of people in social and cultural life;
• encouraging personal development and skill acquisition;
• developing awareness of children and young people about their own potentials and their use;
• promoting non-formal education;
• promoting the interests and activities of young people;
• promoting volunteerism and solidarity;
• promoting awareness of civil society development.
Carousel 8 is working on informing youngsters and other target groups about local, national, and European opportunities for their personal and professional development. In the local community Carousel 8 organises educational workshops focused on personal development and active citizenship, especially through volunteering opportunities.

Contact for questions:

Irena Polić


Phone: 00385976335904


Participation fee

No participation fee.

Accommodation and food

Project is funded by the Erasmus+ programme. Accommodation and food are covered through the Erasmus+ programme by the organiser. Participants will stay in 3-bed rooms (in rooms there are bunk beds) in HI Hostel in Zadar, Croatia, where they will have breakfast, lunch and dinner plus 2 coffee breaks per day. 

Travel reimbursement

Travel expenses are covered by the organizers 100% up to the maximum of unit cost per distance calculator and means of travel, including bank transfer and other appropriate fees (for all the original tickets and ways of travel that are plane, bus, train, or ferry, NOT taxi). 

The travel reimbursement will be done by bank transfers after you return home and send us the ORIGINAL boarding passes and tickets that we approved (and after you submit/send us the filled in evaluation forms of the training course). For the travel reimbursement, you will also need to send us your bank account info (IBAN, name of your bank, SWIFT of your bank). Please don’t buy your tickets before we approve them! 

Travel reimbursement up to:

  • 275 euros from Berlin, Germany
  • 210 euros from Belgrade, Serbia (for GREEN travel)
  • 275 euros from Goteborg, Sweden
  • 180 euros from Wels, Austria
  • 210 euros from Zagreb, Croatia (for GREEN travel)

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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