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Evidence of Likely Sustainable Change

Charting the Course:
Navigating from Current State to Ideal State

A successful project needs clear goals, a detailed plan, and adequate resources to ensure successful implementation. It should also focus on how each action is tied to desired outcomes and how they will be sustained over time. A common misconception is that a project should be near completion before considering how to sustain the changes. Yet sustainability requires careful attention and planning, especially when considering the commitment and application of resources. Before you begin implementation, consider how these pieces fit together and if they seem likely to improve education outcomes in the next 3-5 years. 

Building Your Case:
Gathering Evidence for Your Current Position

If funding for this project disappeared, what would be left behind? Consider ways your project will sustain to achieve its targeted long-term outcomes. Organizations are subject to many disruptions and changes: staffing turnover, leadership changes, shifting priorities, etc. Your project should be built to last in service of its goals.  


Documentation examples:

  • Conversations with project leadership
  • Conversations with interested parties
  • Policy reports
  • News articles
  • Revised theory of action


Once you've gathered and assessed the evidence, use the following scale to identify your current position. Remember that this rating is a benchmark, not a fixed position. If you find yourself at the Emerging stage, don't worry. You now have a clearer understanding of the steps needed to progress toward the advanced stage.

State of the Project

  • Emerging

    There is no evidence of a clear goal or a plan to sustain the work

  • Developing

    There is some evidence of developing a goal and plan to sustain the work

  • Advancing

    There may be a clear goal and plan to sustain the work, but the project lacks the necessary resources to operationalize the plan

  • Mastery

    There is a clear goal, plan, and adequate resources to sustain the work beyond this project’s timeline

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Tap into the full potential of the CSP self-assessment to evaluate your project's standing in each condition. Gain value insights on the necessary steps to propel your project even closer to achieving successful outcomes.

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