An environmental scan describes the broader community within which an agency operates. It identifies all of the people and organizations that are relevant in achieving an agency’s vision and mission and describes them well enough for the agency to know how best to approach and work with them. Stakeholders such as funders, partners, competitors, media and vendors should all be considered a part of this scan. The scan also identifies barriers to overcome in the current
environment. And there are often mandates from the environment, such as local, state, tribal and federal requirements or consent decrees, which an agency must incorporate into its plans and priorities.