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Strategic Communications

This KnowledgeBase archive includes content and external links that were accurate and relevant as of September 30, 2019.

The Strategic Communications KnowledgeBase is an online resource to aid those leading or supporting communications in education in understanding the history, value, framework, planning, and execution of effective Strategic Communications to nurture and build strong relationships in education. Strategic Communications is essential to engage stakeholders and achieve goals at the state level. The elements, activities, and tasks in this KnowledgeBase are designed to better prepare communications professionals within state education agencies (SEAs) to plan for and respond to communication challenges and support implementation of education policy. 

Task 3: Conduct a situation analysis of the SEA

Guideline: A situation analysis will likely include identification of the organization’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats (SWOT). SWOT analyses are generally accepted as effective processes for determining where to focus attention and selecting processes, strategies, and tactics. Strengths and weaknesses are generally considered to be internal to an organization, whereas opportunities and threats are usually external to the organization. In focusing on Strategic Communications processes, an SEA can conduct a SWOT analysis in regard to the strategic direction of the agency, as well as the current communications practices. Conducting a SWOT analysis will allow an SEA to observe the potential for Strategic Communications processes, strategies, and tactics within the given organization before selecting which ones to include in a Strategic Communications approach.


SWOT Analysis Worksheet (Downloadable PDF)

This downloadable PDF form provides a template for completing a SWOT analysis.

Analyzing a Situation: SWOT Analysis

This 2017 Education World article briefly describes how to conduct a SWOT analysis.


SWOT Analysis for Schools, Teachers, and Education

This RAPIDBI article dated January 2, 2010, offers tips for conducting SWOT analysis in an educational environment. A SWOT analysis for schools is a tool that can provide prompts to the administrators, teachers, and staff involved in the analysis of what is effective and less effective in the school’s systems and procedures.


SWOT Analysis from the Office of Head Start

This page from the Head Start webpage offers an in-depth description of a SWOT analysis, when and why you may need one, as well as how to create a SWOT analysis and use it.

Example Strategic Plan - Arkansas Head Start

SWOT Analysis Solution Examples and Concept Drawings

This Google website offers templates and conceptual drawings for creating a SWOT analysis.