STRATEGIC GOALS

Strategic Goals and Results: 2018

  • GOAL 1: Provide resources for conservation district employees via the NCDEA website, webinars, and other avenues
  • GOAL 2: Develop a process to improve and coordinate the core partner’s contact databases
  • GOAL 3: Increase the number of state district employee associations
  • GOAL 4: Expand and improve networks and communication
  • GOAL 5: Encourage and promote professionalism of district employees
  • GOAL 6: Maintain and build representation and partnerships
  • GOAL 7: Work towards every state and territory building a fully functioning partnership (in concert with other National Conservation Partnership members)
  • GOAL 8: Build board capacity and maintain effective operations
GOAL 1: Provide resources for conservation district employees via the NCDEA website, webinars, and other avenues

Goals

  • Provide website and social media updates
  • Solicit feedback from employees on their individual and state association needs
  • Promote partners’ webinars
  • Provide 3 training and informational links on NCDEA website
  • Promote NCDEA website via monthly state success stories
  • Provide examples of training curriculum online
  • Represent partners on USDA-NRCS National Employee Development Board

Results

  • New website developed to focus on core functions of NCDEA
  • Social media accounts active throughout the year
  • Board members solicited feedback from conservation district professionals across the country
  • Partner webinars and training events promoted
  • Partners represented on the National Employee Development Board
GOAL 2: Develop a process to improve and coordinate the core partner’s contact databases

Goals

  • Request partner EDs to meet @ staff level to plan and coordinate
  • Develop a draft MOU with core partners to coordinate efforts to populate district database

Results

  • Little progress in 2018 on Goal 2.
GOAL 3: Increase the number of state district employee associations

Goals

  • No quantifiable goals were established for Goal 3.

Results

  • In the Pacific Region, substantial time was invested in California.
  • New contacts made in Alaska.
GOAL 4: Expand and improve networks and communication

Goals

  • Develop a clear communication plan
  • Develop and accelerate public relations/marketing, including NCDEA branding
  • Make regular contact with State Presidents
  • Encourage state leaders to share information
  • Provide assistance to states to improve their communication networks
  • Establish relationships and reach out to national partners, maintaining two-way communication

Results

  • Redeveloping a communications plan was superseded by the need to revise NCDEA’s website
  • Branding saw progress through the adoption of G Suite for all board members
  • Logo revision was explored and we expect to see progress in 2019
  • Regional directors increased engaged with state presidents
  • Establishment of the NCDEA Network service will increase the sharing of information
  • Regional directors refocused efforts to build and nurture key relationships with partners
GOAL 5: Encourage and promote professionalism of district employees

Goals

  • Provide assistance/guidance to states on training
  • Develop an NCDEA training policy and messaging that helps express the professionalism of District Employees
  • Commit to acknowledging professionalism through increased participation in NCDEA training, Scholarship, and Awards Programs
  • Provide templates and or examples of tools used such as skills assessment, professional development plans, training plans, etc.
  • Distribute training opportunities including on-line examples

Results

  • Regional directors increased participation with state associations, including providing training
  • The need for clearer messaging moved forward but the new website took precedence
  • NCDEA awards saw more competition in 2018 than in several years
GOAL 6: Maintain and build representation and partnerships

Goals

  • Maintain and enhance NCDEA membership in National Conservation Partnership (NCP) with the National Association of Conservation Districts (NACD), USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), National Association of State Conservation Agencies (NASCA), and National Association of Resource Conservation and Development Councils (NARC&DC)
  • Build and continue professional relationships with districts, state associations of conservation districts, and state conservation agencies
  • Build and continue professional relationships with USDA NRCS, USFWS, FSA, and other federal conservation agencies
  • Provide leadership for including underrepresented partners, working across boundaries, + adapting to changing partnership dynamics
  •  Provide support for the Envirothon

Results

  • Substantial time was invested in the National Conservation Partnership
  • Regional directors increased engagement with districts, state associations, and state conservation agences
  • Relationships with federal partners were maintained or expanded in 2018
  • Tribal conservation district employees were added to the NCDEA bylaws to help increase conservation capacity across boundaries
  • Envirothon received significant support from NCDEA
GOAL 7: Work towards every state and territory building a fully functioning partnership (in concert with other National Conservation Partnership members)

Goals

  • Collaborate with partners to assist in developing and strengthening state partnerships
  • Provide mentoring opportunities between and among states
  • Address special situations with a team approach to resolving/advancing specific state partnerships
  • Share success stories

Results

  • Regional directors worked directly with state partnerships in 2018
  • Key opportunities and challenges were assessed throughout the year by the NCDEA board
  • The new website and the NCDEA Network will provide better opportunities to share success stories
GOAL 8: Build board capacity and maintain effective operations

Goals

  • Develop and maintain effective policy and procedures
  • Continue to build NCDEA financial capacity
  • Continue to ensure that NCDEA representatives serve and participate on NACD committees

Results

  • Substantial work was completed on NCDEA’s procedure manual
  • Revenue from state association dues increased in 2018
  • All regions are now represented by regional directors, including some alternates
  • Board members participate on NACD Foundation Committees

Highlights


In 2018, NCDEA increased coverage in regions and focused more energy on connecting with members.

More:

  • All regions are now represented by regional directors.
  • NCDEA bylaws were changed to be more explicitly inclusive.
  • Capacity surveys by NCDEA prove the fundamental strength of the conservation delivery system.
  • Regional directors increased their engagement in all regions.
  • The number of dues-paying state associations increased.
  • A new website was developed for an early 2019 launch.
  • A new service — the NCDEA Network — will help connect conservation district professionals across the country.
  • NCDEA board members are now on the same domain for better branding and knowledge transfer.


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