With the 4 questions for defining sustainability in mind, engage your stakeholders in a collaborative process to determine your sustainability definition. In the planning section of this part of the Learning Center, you will find a selection of resources to assist you with this task.
Scheirer and Dearing (2002) provide a good baseline definition of program sustainability:
Sustainability is the continued use of program components and activities for the continued achievement of desirable program and population outcomes.
To Sustain an EBP, You May Need
- Prioritization among your programs
- Ongoing funding and program financing
- Partnerships in your community
- Organizational staff capacity
- An organizational culture
- Practice adaptation over time
While You Monitor, and Adapt
- Client satisfaction
- Communicating about effectiveness
- Documenting public health impacts
- Staff support and workforce development
- Program evaluation data
- Strategic planning
- A commitment to quality improvement
- Careful adaptation of the program
- Organizational policies and routine practices
This section of the Learning Center contains tools, resources, and insights to help you sustain an EBP.
(Adapted from Whelan, 2014; Bond, 2014; Schell, 2013; Raffel, 2013).