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The Da Vinci Science Center – the national award-winning organization that is Open for ExSCIting Possibilities – is an influential regional science center poised at a tipping point that could increase the scale of its operations and its impact radically. The organization has achieved substantial progress regarding its impact, fiscal sustainability, professional talent, brand development, and building of valuable partnerships. At the same time, critical analyses indicate that the Center must increase its physical capacity dramatically in order to actualize its fullest potential.
In exploring greater possibilities for its future, the Da Vinci Science Center seeks to take strategic actions necessary to position itself for a bold expansion that will enable it to present world-class exhibits and learning experiences for nearly one million people living in its surrounding area.
This strategic plan is presented below as it was approved by the Da Vinci Science Center’s Board of Trustees on Sept. 18, 2015.
To bring science to life and lives to science
To be a visionary leader and partner advancing science learning, quality of life, and economic development in the Lehigh Valley area by:
Provide playful and engaging hands-on science learning experiences
Provide families with quality social experiences
Support excellent STEM education in area schools
Help build a STEM talent pipeline
Make science accessible
Attract large numbers of visitors from the Lehigh Valley area and beyond
Impact and Influence
Growth and Stewardship
Brand and Market Development
The Da Vinci Science Center’s strategic plan for 2016-2019 was developed by the organization’s Strategic Planning and Oversight Committee (SPOC) – a committee comprised of members of its Board of Trustees and its staff Leadership Team.
The 2016-2019 Strategic Plan evolved from a data-driven review of the organization’s performance with respect to its 2011-2015 Strategic Plan. The planning process also was informed by a comprehensive study produced by White Oak Associates – an internationally-prominent museum planning firm based in Marblehead, Mass. The White Oak study reflected Lehigh Valley Planning Commission (LVPC) data projecting that the Lehigh Valley Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) of more than 827,000 people will add more than 226,000 people by the year 2040.
Development of the Da Vinci Science Center’s 2016-2019 Strategic Plan was supported by a grant from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
Print overview of 2016-2019 Strategic Plan (.pdf)