- Title page
- About this guidance
- Planning and managing for results
- Results-focused planning
- The language of outcomes, impacts and objectives
- Engagement with Responsible Ministers and their departments
- Information for Ministers
- The planning process
- Planning questions
- The scope of crown entities' functions and powers
- Planning and managing for results - lessons learned in the Pathfinder Project
- Aligning planning with resources and Government's Budget process
- Preparing the Statement of Intent
About this guidance
This guidance is part of an integrated set of advice to support Ministers, departments and Crown entities
This guidance provides advice to Boards and chief executives of Crown entities on managing for results, with an emphasis on the planning phase of the management cycle.1 It provides a summary of the essential questions that clarify the planning process and provides further references for those seeking to improve the quality of their planning.
It has been developed by the State Services Commission and the Treasury in consultation with the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet as part of an integrated set of advice to support Responsible Ministers, their departments and Crown entities.
We have developed separate guidance on preparing the 2006/07 Statement of Intent, which is available on
Crown entities have different statutory forms and vary in size from the very large to the very small. Some Crown entities are accustomed to preparing a results-focused plan, while others will be embarking on this process for the first time. The diverse nature of Crown entities, and their range of experience in results-focused management, means that it's not practical to prepare comprehensive 'one-size-fits-all' guidance. Crown entities will need to adapt this guidance to fit their specific circumstances.
Expectations for Crown Research Institutes, Crown entity companies, schools and tertiary education institutions are different and therefore not covered here. Advice for these entities is provided by CCMAU and Treasury, the Ministry of Education, and the Tertiary Education Commission.2
1 Throughout this guidance references to a Crown entity board should be read as applying to the member of a corporation sole.
2 The website addresses are