During 2021, the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs partnered with the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement to develop its 2022–2026 Strategic Plan. The plan recognizes and incorporates the issues, ideas and initiatives of Delaware’s history-, preservation- and cultural-communities including its audiences, institutions, educators and organizations.
With this strategic plan, the division recognizes diversity, equity, accessibility and inclusion as essential in our work with audiences, partners and constituents. The recognition of the value, role and impact of history, preservation and culture to community wellbeing, education, inclusivity and strong communities is vital to the division’s mission, goals and objectives.
Outline of 2022–2026 strategic plan process
Public input in the planning process
As part of the planning process, the Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement conducted surveys and virtual town-hall meetings where members of the public provided input into how we preserve and interpret the state’s history.
We were particularly interested in learning more about:
Two targeted, online surveys were available for completion between June 1 and 15, 2021. Each survey category was based on the perspective of the individual completing the particular survey. Categories were:
Survey results were aggregated to inform the broader strategic planning process. Notice of the surveys, with corresponding links, were sent by email, posted on this webpage and promoted through social media.
Virtual town hall
The Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement led a virtual (Zoom) town-hall meeting on June 15, 2021 that focused on various themes that emerged from one-on-one interviews, focus groups and the division’s Strategic Planning Working Group. The virtual town-hall format ensured that participants had a safe space to provide input and contribute to the discussion.
Virtual town hall — Presentation of proposed plan
The virtual town-hall meeting was held on Nov. 17, 2021 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. to receive community input on the proposed plan.