American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

SIG Volunteer Leadership Handbook

SIG Work and ASHA Strategic Planning

The SIG Coordinating Committee (CC) is responsible for planning and coordinating the activities of the SIG, including prioritizing initiatives and influencing the Association's Strategic Initiatives. These responsibilities include:

  • developing a 3-year Work Plan
  • identifying issues that need to be considered by the Association
  • developing activities as part of the Association's Strategic Plan
  • ensuring the completion of SIG-related activities included in ASHA's Strategic Plan and National Office Unit project portfolios
  • supporting the Association's Strategic Plan with distinct activities uniquely offered by SIGs that complement the Association's activities

Input to ASHA's Strategic Plan

Each SIG CC, in collaboration with its ex officio, provides input for the ASHA Strategic Plan. Issues for consideration should be identified and conveyed to the BSIGC. The BSIGC, which serves as the conduit between the SIGs and the Board of Directors, will convey those issues to the BOD or other appropriate Association board or committee. Once the Association has determined its activities, the BSIGC conveys the information to the SIGs that will be responsible for those activities.

SIG-Specific Work Plans

Each SIG is responsible for developing a work plan in collaboration with other boards and staff, as appropriate, to ensure the SIG and the Association (ASHA) are working in synchrony. Work Plans are based on ASHA initiatives/activities—with consideration of the Master Calendar and the Minima and Maxima for Operating a SIG—and the BSIGC Annual Report benchmarks. (See Sample Work Plan.)

It is recommended that each SIG CC devote time during its face-to-face meetings to update the SIG Work Plan with ASHA's Office of Business Excellence. A minimum of 1 hour should be set aside for this activity. However, SIGs that are developing new Work Plans—and prefer to complete their plans by the end of their respective meetings—should schedule a minimum of 3-4 hours.

Progress Report Form

Work Plans are updated annually, but CCs should monitor the activities of their SIGs by using the Work Plan/Progress Report Form during their conference calls. This form can also be be used to develop the SIG's annual report. (See Sample Work Plan/Progress Report.)

Annual Report

Each SIG is responsible for submitting an annual report that documents that the SIG's activities meet the minima/maxima requirements for operation of a SIG, the BSIGC Annual Report benchmarks, and the SIG Master Calendar requirments. This report must include evidence—specifically including activity updates—that the SIG has served as a resource, where appropriate, to fulfill the objectives specified in the Work Plan, consistent with the Association's Strategic Plan. The SIG Coordinator, in consultation with the Coordinating Committee (CC), is responsible for submitting a complete report of the SIG's activities for the prior year to the group's ex officio. All submissions are due by December 31. If the previous year's review yielded recommendations for change, evidence of how the change has been incorporated must be included in the report. The annual report can be submitted using the Work Plan/Progress Report form. The Coordinator and CC can indicate the status of each Work Plan initiative (i.e., NS, InProg, Comp) and add any comments needed to provide additional information related to the initiative. The BSIGC Review Committee will use the Work Plan/Progress Report form to determine if the SIG has met the benchmarks for operation of a SIG by entering the appropriate code (i.e., 1. Does not meet benchmark; 2. Meets benchmark; 3. Exceeds benchmark. (See Sample Work Plan/Progress Report.)

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