Application of the U.S. Army's Integrated Planning to the Department of Veterans Affairs
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLLEGE FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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Integrated planning was designed to equip Army leaders with the ability to thoroughly understand problems and provide multiple logical solutions for problem resolution. Integrated planning is composed of a conceptual analysis component provided by the Army Design Methodology ADM as well as a detailed planning component, the Military Decision Making Process MDMP. These complementary methodologies equip stakeholders with the information necessary to understand, visualize, and describe the environment and problem and then to formulate decisions and plans. Can integrated planning be applied to administrative procedures in the healthcare delivery system, specifically at the Department of Veterans Affairs This monograph provides the evidence which shows that integrated planning can be implemented at all levels within the Department of Veterans Affairs. Integrated planning should, at the very least, be added to the VA toolkit as an additional method to address complex, ambiguous problems encountered by the organization. This monograph further explores the decision making process in organizations as well as the historical context of integrated planning. The basic fundamentals of integrated planning are introduced and described which leads into a discussion of the application of integrated planning within the VA. Examples of the applicability of integrated planning into the VA is performed by two hypothetical vignettes, both of which use a real life VA scenario as well as actual VA data. The first vignette reverse engineers a current VA action plan using integrated planning. The second vignette uses integrated planning to construct an alternate course of action for the same problem. Also discussed in this monograph are the concepts of purposeful change, shared organizational values, and vision. This is done in order to address the idea that implementation of a new methodology into an organization requires VA stakeholders to be receptive to change.
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