Developing a Vision in the Public Sector

A vision statement is defined to be “a statement giving a broad, aspirational image of the future that an organization is aiming to achieve” (Davidsen & Yankee, 2004, p. 23). A formulation of a vision statement is essential in steering the efforts and resources into a particular intention. The public sector is no exception to this where every agency has to adopt a vision otherwise it will be abolished. The public sector has the inherent ability to develop its vision for without this, the organization remains unguided and loses the purpose as to why it exists.

Despite the changes brought about by the elections, the public sector is able to maintain a continuous base through the tenured civil servants who remain regardless of the leader. Through the leaders of every agency, the vision can be maintained once these are integrated within their goals, as well. Likewise, the budget process could also be a means through which the vision could be maintained by the public sector (van Wart, 1998). The means through which resources are distributed reflects the vision because it shows what is intended to be achieved.

Enclosed within it is the concept of priorities, which is a part of the vision, too. The projects, programs, and activities that are included in the budget serves as a manifestation of the things that the public sector wishes to achieve. For example, if the public sector wishes to achieve a society with enhanced welfare, then social welfare services would serve as the priority of the government. Thus, it is possible for the public sector develop their vision based on the allocation of resources and the tenure of the civil servants in the government.

The allocation of resources carries with it the priorities and the intentions of what is to be achieved. On the other hand, the tenure of the civil servants ensures the continuity in achieving the vision previously developed. References Davidsen, S. & Yankee, E. (2004). Web site design with the patron in mind: A step-by-step guide for libraries. Chicago: American Library Association. Van Wart, M. (1998). Changing public sector values. New York, NY: Garland Publishing, Inc.