Cork County Council’s Corporate Plan 2019-2024 was recently passed by Council. This unique and reactive document contains the aims and actions which will inform and guide the Council’s activities over this time.
The Council’s Corporate Plan outlines the core values, vision and aspirations of Cork County Council as well as defining the Council’s significant role in directing policy and development. To produce this plan, Cork County Council has engaged in an innovative service design approach, which puts user needs at the centre of the service. Service design uses visual modelling to define future visions and align people on shared goals.
This approach involved extensive and unprecedented engagement across a range of stakeholders, including elected representatives, staff and citizens and numerous others.
Over 30 workshops were held throughout the county in 2019, together with public interviews across the Council’s branch libraries and dedicated business sector workshops. Education institutions UCC and CIT, disability groups, the Older Persons Council and Comhairle na nÓg were amongst those consulted, while the Public Participation Network and staff from across Cork County Council were also asked for their input. Following a public awareness campaign, 138 submissions were received by the Council.
The volume of engagement and the variety of inputs were key points of inclusion in the research which underpins the Corporate Plan. The plan will form a key reference point for the Council’s Annual Budgets and Capital Work Programmes, while providing a foundation for Annual Service Delivery Plans, ensuring a continued focus on delivering the plans ambitious objectives.