In early 2007, the IIA initiated a six month process to develop a plan to efficiently use IIA resources to collaborate with affiliates to enhance coordination, address their needs, and help ensure local sustainability. This project was overseen by a Global Task Force, and involved senior IIA staff, and Bonnie Koenig of Going International. A major effort was undertaken to interview representatives of as many of IIA's 100 worldwide affiliates as possible by volunteer members of the Task Force, IIA staff and the consultant, and compile and analyze the resulting information. A focus was also placed on integrating recommendations that were developed into the IIA strategic plan.
The recommendations developed were presented to and adopted by IIA's Board in July 2007. Due to the time and effort invested in involving so many IIA stakeholders, the recommendations were well received. Thomas Bohn, the IIA vice president who was overseeing the process commented that the resulting plan had "Everyone applauding". Said Sylvia Boyd, the senior manager in charge of the project: "Having direct and in many cases face to face dialogue with the affiliates leaders to engage them in the identification of needs and priorities in serving our global membership proved to be of huge value to our organization."
March 10, 2008