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Sustaining Your Program's Capacity To Serve Victims

Continuing Education Unit (CEU) will be offered for this training.

Sustainability is the capacity of a program or organization to accomplish long-lasting success and stability by establishing the organization or program as an essential service to the community. Victim service organizations and programs need to plan for sustainability in order to continue providing high-quality services to victims of crime. The Sustaining Your Program's Capacity to Serve the Community training addresses what sustainability means, how to assess a program's sustainability, the eight sustainability domains (Program Adaptation, Strategic Communications, Program Evaluation, Supportive Environment, Organizational Capacity, Strategic Partnerships, Resource Development, and Strategic Planning), and how to develop a sustainability plan.

Audience: This training is designed for program managers.

  • Introductory Week: What is Sustainability?
    • Describe the Sustainability Framework.
    • Discuss what sustainability means to your program.
    • Explain why a sustainability plan is important for your program.
  • Week 1: The 8 Domains and the Adaptability Domain
    • Describe the eight domains that are included in the Sustainability Framework.
    • Complete the Program Sustainability Assessment Tool to discover areas of strengths and weakness your program may have related to the eight domains.
    • Explore your assessment results and what this means for the sustainability of your organization.
    • Identify ways that the Adaptation Domain impacts your program.
    • Discuss how to apply the Adaptation Domain to your program.
  • Week 2: Exploring Domains - Strategic Communications and Evaluations
    • Identify ways that the Strategic Communications and Evaluations Domains impact your program.
    • Discuss how to apply the Strategic Communications and Evaluations Domains to your program.
  • Week 3: Exploring Domains - Organizational Capacity and Strategic Planning
    • Identify ways that the Organizational Capacity and Strategic Planning Domains impact your program.
    • Discuss how to apply the Organizational Capacity and Strategic Planning Domains to your program.
  • Week 4: Exploring Domains - Strategic Partnerships and Resources
    • Identify ways that the Strategic Partnerships and Resources Domains impact your program.
    • Discuss how to apply the Strategic Partnerships and Resources Domains to your program.
  • Week 5: The Environment Domain and Creating Next Steps
    • Explain the importance of engaging your board of directors to increasing sustainability practices and adoption in your organization.
    • Identify ways to have your board become more involved in your program's sustainability efforts.
    • Describe the steps involved in action planning for your program's sustainability plan.
    • Identify ways that the Environment Domain impacts your program.
    • Discuss how to apply the Environment Domain to your program.