Strategic planning in Estonia, yesterday and today
The wave of strategic planning in Estonia began in the mid to late 1990s and was above all related to the longer term planning of budgetary resources – both domestic and European Union funds.
Without a development plan, it was difficult to apply for funds, and thus everyone tried to determine strategically the development of their organization or domain. At the same time, the lack of a clearly targeted and coordinated strategic planning system brought about a situation where a large number of development plans were approved on various levels. The goals of these development plans were not in concert with each other, the content overlapped partially, and funds for implementing them were usually absent. To clean up this situation, the government adopted a regulation in December 2005 entitled “Categories of strategic development plans and the procedures for compiling, supplementing, implementing, evaluating and preparing reports on plans”. This regulation laid the groundwork for improving the quality of strategic planning and facilitated the making of clearer strategic choices. This was a big step in the right direction – thanks to this legal act, the quality of the development plans has significantly improved in under a year.