“The key element of sustainability is providing continued benefits, regardless of particular activities delivered or the format in which they are delivered.” – Mancini & Marek (2002)
Sustainability is critical for any project, but especially those that initiate from temporary funding. Under the CCIM4C initiative, sustainability planning is based on evidence-based strategies from experts in the field. The experts have gifted us with four clarifying ideas around sustainability that need to be answered in order for planning to move forward:
- What are you trying to sustain? (or, What needs to be sustained?)
- Public Value: What evidence do you have that what you are doing is worth sustaining? (or, Why does this initiative deserve to be sustained?)
- Authorizing Environment: What institutional supports, structures, and/or policies need to be in place to achieve sustainability?
- Operational Capacity: What capacity is necessary to sustain this effort and where will that capacity come from?
CCIM4C Sustainability Module
Ohio’s CCIM4C Sustainability Module walks communities through key questions to think about for maintaining efforts from the initiative after the project period ends. The following video details the reasoning behind the Sustainability Module and how to complete it. The Sustainability Module and the accompanying slides are included below the video.