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Sustaining Community Programs:. Planning for Success. Created by Tammy Gillespie University of Missouri, Outreach and Extension. Sustainability information is based on research sponsored in part by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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sustaining community programs

SustainingCommunity Programs:

Planning for Success

Created by Tammy Gillespie

University of Missouri, Outreach and Extension

sustainability information is based on research sponsored in part by u s department of agriculture

Sustainability information is based on research sponsored in part by U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Principal Investigators: Jay A. Mancini and Lydia I. Marek, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

purpose of presentation
Purposeof Presentation

Help groups:

Discuss sustainability process

Prioritize activities for project survival

Highlight sustainability resources

slide5

Action Planning

Funding

Changes

Leadership

Collaborators

Community

Demonstrated

Program Impact

Project Staffing

Implications for Sustainability

program funding

Sustainability

Program Funding

Do you have:

  • Current funding for at least 2 years?
  • Plans for additional future funding?
  • Funding for current operations & staffing?
leadership

Sustainability

Leadership

Do Leaders:

  • Plan early for sustainability?
  • Establish clear project mission?
  • Identify survival strategies?
project staffing

Sustainability

Project Staffing

Are staff:

  • Involved in design, evaluation & decision making?
  • Trained, recognized & rewarded?
  • Flexible & creative?
changes

Sustainability

Changes
  • Do programs end?
  • Are new programs developed?
  • Are sites consolidated?
community

Sustainability

Community
  • Are needs & assets regularly assessed?
  • Does the project reflect diversity?
  • Does the project have strong local government support?
demonstrated program impact

Sustainability

Demonstrated Program Impact
  • Are evaluation plans developed prior to implementation?
  • Are evaluations conducted regularly?
  • Are program “success stories” shared with funding sources and the public?
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Sustainability

Collaborators

Business & government

representatives

Common vision

Clearly defined roles

Involved in program evaluation

Involved in

program design

Involved in

program implementation

sustainability resources

Sustainability

Sustainability Resources
  • Youth at Risk Sustainability Studies
    • 1998 Study – Patterns of Project Survival and Organizational Support
    • 1999 Study – Continuity, Success and Survival of Community-Based Projects
    • 2003 Study – Ongoing community-based program implementation, successes, and obstacles: The National Youth at Risk Program Sustainability Study
sustainability resources1
Sustainability Resources

Children, Youth and Families Education and Research Network (CYFERnet.org)

Coalition for Community Schools: Sustainability Checklist

slide15

Sustainability

Action Planning

Project Leadership

Change/modify

Project Staffing

Community

Funding

Collaborators

Demonstrated Program Impact

slide16

Acknowledgements

  • US Department of Agriculture
  • Children, Youth and Families at Risk Initiative
  • Missouri Outreach Development Fund
  • Community partners and volunteers
  • Lydia I. Marek and Jay A. Mancini, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Principal Investigators, Youth at Risk Sustainability Studies
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Sustainability Topic:______________

(Adapted from CYFAR 2001 Conference Workshop, Marek and Mancini)

slide18

Materials Needed

  • Sustainability resources
    • Youth At Risk Sustainability Studies
    • Web addresses
  • Sticky Wall with main categories listed
  • Large index cards
  • Sticker “dots” – yellow, orange and green
slide19

Process

  • Setup equipment & room
  • Display legend for sticky wall
  • Distribute handouts
process continued
Process (continued)
  • Start PowerPoint presentation (1-13)
  • Divide into groups
  • Discuss framework handout
  • Site information group discussion
process continued1
Process (continued)
  • Sticky wall
  • Groups share findings
    • Strengths
    • Trends
    • Correlations
process continued2
Process (continued)
  • Action Planning Sheet (1 per variable)
  • Evaluation process