In order to help you develop well thought out strategic recommendations, we are providing you with a template to guide your strategy formation process. The template provides a framework you can use to lay out the logic behind your strategy recommendation. It is essentially a logic tree with the main point at the highest level followed by supporting points in the middle and the details at the lowest level. It starts at the top with the question or problem your strategy is intended to address. The next level presents the strategic recommendation. Below that it provides space for you to lay out the assertions, and sub assertions that explain why you believe the strategy will work. At the lowest level sit the facts and data from your analysis that demonstrate why you believe your assertions are true. Below the blank template is a made up example to illustrate how the template can be used. We recommend that you start filling this template out as soon as possible and iterate on it as your task force’s work progresses. Even if you only have a hypothesis as to what your strategic recommendation might be it is a great exercise to start to fill out the template in order to identify what data or analysis you might want to perform to prove your key assertions. Additionally, it will enable other members of the community to follow your thought process and provide feedback on your recommendations early in the process.
Define the goal that your strategy is attempting to accomplish
recommendation of how the Wikimedia movement can achieve the goal
Assertion: <insert here>
The strategy should be supported by several assertions that explain why you believe the strategy will work. The assertions are broad statements that lay out the key points that support your strategy
The sub assertion is the next level of detail that fleshes out the logic behind your assertion
The facts are the key pieces of analysis or data that demonstrate why you believe your sub-assertion and assertion to be true