Unit 7: Unpacking Sustainability in CBPR Partnerships
Section 7.3: Determining Which Efforts to Continue
Before deciding what programs, interventions or activities to continue or discontinue, it is important to have a clear picture of the work your partnership is currently engaged in as well as any future commitments and obligations.
Your partnership may want to establish criteria for deciding whether or not to continue an activity. It is important that your partnership comes up with criteria that partners agree are important and relevant. When designing and using the criteria, the following tips may be helpful:
If the partnership decides to continue an activity, it will be beneficial to consider the following questions about the justification for continuing it:
If the partnership determines that some or all activities will not be continued, it may be worth looking into other ways to continue them outside of the partnership. For example, by:
If none of the potential strategies above pan out, is important to not just abandon the activity abruptly. Complete the necessary steps to close out the activity. This may include documenting what was done, completing the evaluation, writing the final report, and helping any staff or “clients” transition to other positions. Refer to Unit 7, Section 7.5 to read more about things to consider if the partnership itself decides not to continue.