Strategic Planning


HR & Organizational Policy Unit
Public Governance Departement
Boudewijnlaan 30 bus 37, 1000 Brussels
T +32 2 553 02 38

The Government of Flanders has within the context of its Better Administrative Policy opted in favour of a results-oriented planning model. The model adopts as starting principle the introduction of delineated responsibilities and a political-administrative cooperative model geared towards the conversion of political priorities into effective policy.

The management of the administration is entrusted with defined responsibilities and, because of its autonomous position, made accountable for the results. One of the most important drivers for creating this accountability for administrative tasks and giving wider operating room to the line managers is to generate enhanced organizational flexibility. This not only can improve efficiency and customer-orientation, but also stimulate innovation in the operation of the organization.

This increased autonomy is supported by a variety of different instruments used in the steering and managing of the government organizations.

  • The management and cooperative agreements set out the guidelines wherein an organization will be operating over several years. The agreement to that effect translates and transfers the priorities of the government and of the functional responsible minister(s) out of the policy framework (applicable sections of the Coalition Agreement, the Government Declaration, and the Policy Memorandum)  - or, in other words, the policy objectives - towards the agency level.
  • The management agreement constitutes a concretisation of the agreements between the functional responsible minister(s) and the secretary-general of the department, conjoining the signalled need, as stated in the charter, for an effective organization of the policy-supporting capacity within the administration.
  • The multiyear perspective of the administrative, cooperative, and management agreement is given concrete complementation by means of annual business plans.
  • The HR planning is often described as the preparation, shaping, and implementation of a strategic policy around the inflow, through-flow, and outflow of human resources, thus to ensure that an effective and purposeful allocation of work be realized.