Developing a Mission Statement
This activity gives participants the opportunity to develop a mission statement for their collaborative work. Through this process, participants will talk about beliefs, values, larger purposes of the collaboration itself, and the intended outcomes.
1. Use the answers to the following questions as a guide for drafting an appropriate mission statement for your organization.
-What do you hope to accomplish as a result of your efforts?
-How do you plan to accomplish these goals?
-For whose benefit does your collaboration exist?
2. Think about responses from the questions above. Work together to develop a single statement incorporating the responses to the three questions.
The mission of our organization is:
3. Evaluate your statement (Yes, No, Somewhat) as individuals, then come together as a group to discuss individual ratings. Come to consensus about these ratings (even if they are not particularly favorable for a viable mission statement):
1. The statement is realistic. _________________
2. The statement is clear and concise. _______________
3. The statement reflects our values and beliefs. _____________
4. The statement demonstrates a commitment to serving the public good. ____________
5. The statement is powerful. ________________
6. As a collaboration, we can demonstrate this statement through actions and decisions ______________
7. Other individuals/organizations will understand this statement. ________________
4. Based on the ratings above, are there any changes or adjustments you might want to make to the mission statement?
5. Incorporating these changes, rewrite your mission statement.
6. Three people involved with the collaboration should share this draft with three people outside of the collaboration for their comments. Be sure that each person asking for feedback includes at least one person who may not be at all familiar with your collaboration.
7. Plan a time to come together (in person, by phone, or via Skype) to discuss these outside reactions.
8. Plan next steps: Is the mission statement final? Does more work need to be done? If so, what needs to be clarified?
 This suggested format comes from Minnesota Department of Health http://www.health.state.mn.us. The questions have been adapted to use with a collaboration (as opposed to an organization) and some new prompts and steps have been added.