Iowa DOT Strategic Plan



The primary purpose of a strategic plan is to identify and initiate key efforts to improve an organization. This typically involves a review of an organization's purpose, current condition, and where it wants to go; identification of things that are and aren't working well; and determining areas that should be addressed to move the organization forward.

The role a strategic plan plays in an organization is to help manage the "change" occurring within an organization aimed at moving an organization towards its vision. This is different than the role taken on by other plans, such as a performance plan, whose role is to help manage and monitor the performance of an organization in achieving its mission.


  • What an organization wants to become; the way things should be as a result of its efforts.
  • The reason the organization exists; its core purpose.
  • How people in an organization treat each other and how they do their work.

More succinctly, these components of a strategic plan outline:
  • What we are committed to becoming. VISION
  • What our job is. MISSION
  • What we believe in. CORE VALUES


Strategic plans identify what needs to change within an organization and lays out an approach for addressing those needs.

Often, strategic plans are released consisting of a series of goals with a collection of initiatives for each goal. Groups are formed to tackle every initiative all at once. When these initiatives are added to the list of day-to-day work across an organization, it creates under-resourced efforts and confusion within an organization on what is most important thing to work on.

This strategic planning effort for the department will take a more focused approach. Management Team has identified an area(s) to start with performance management. They will outline initial thoughts on what needs to be addressed and work with a team to begin developing an implementation plan. Once the plan is finalized, resource needs such as employee time, funding, equipment will be determined and the plan will be implemented and monitored for progress. The status of these plans will be shared across the department through the Transportation Matters for Iowa blog.

The initial areas identified by the Management Team are:
  • Performance management
  • Portfolio/project management
  • Data integration
  • Workforce and knowledge management
  • Organizational communication

As mentioned above, the Management Team has selected Performance Management as the first to address. For information on how the area was selected, please see Identifying Where to Start.