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Program Development and Review

Mission Alignment

To what degree do the values of the project, program or service align with your mission?

Guiding Principle Alignment

Is your role in the project, program or service aligned with your guiding principles?

Goal Alignment

Does the project, program or service fall under one of your goals?

Does the project, program or service reflect your strengths?

Need and Demand

Given the purpose and nature of the project, program or service, is there evidence of need or demand from the community you serve?

Scale of Impact/Return on Investment

Does the project, program or service provide wholesale (community-wide) or retail (segment(s) of your community) improvements?

Is the project, program or service something your community can do or find for themselves without your intervention?

Does the project, program or service continue to build trust or confidence between you and the community you serve?

Does the project, program or service expand your network and base of support for your efforts?

How much value is received in comparison to the effort you must put forth?

Availability of Others

Are there similar projects, programs or services in place? Why have those projects, programs or services succeeded or failed?

Are there others that are better positioned to conduct the project, program or service? If so, why haven’t they developed or implemented it? Could you partner with such organizations to develop, implement or deliver the project, program or service?

Nature of Involvement

Would you serve as the project, program or service’s catalyst, incubator or operator?

What function would you perform in the project, program or service? (these should be directly related to the functions you are already serving such as presenter, coordinator, fiscal sponsor, etc.)

Availability of Resources

Can your current human and financial resources fully accommodate the project, program or service?

Will you have reasonable access to additional resources (financial, human and time) needed to develop the project, program or service?

Opportunity Cost

What can’t you do if you choose to engage in the project, program or service?

Assessment

What are the quantitative and qualitative metrics you can use to evaluate the success of the project, program or service?

Exit or Transition Strategy

What are the potential problems or barriers for a successful project, program or service?

Is there an exit strategy?

Overall Program Recommendations Summary

What is the recommended course of action for this program based on the answers to the above questions?

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