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Resource Commitment

Charting the Course:
Navigating from Current State to Ideal State

A great idea alone won't make a project succeed. It needs the right resources, money, people, organizational support, partnerships, spaces, and good communication. Start by figuring out what the project needs. Then, see how much of these resources are committed and by whom. This helps pinpoint where planning needs to focus to fill any gaps.

Building Your Case:
Gathering Evidence for Your Current Position

Conduct a detailed analysis of available staff, funding, policies, and organizational charts to assess resource gaps. Pay close attention to what gaps still need to be addressed and identify collaborators who can provide support.

Documentation examples:

  • Staff
  • Funding
  • Policies
  • Organizational charts
  • Meeting notes/cadence
  • Partnership agreements
  • Sustainability plan

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 in the project plan that outlines the number of resources needed to implement the project with fidelity

  • Developing

    There is evidence in the project plan that the partners have identified 50% of resources committed, but they might be available for an insufficient amount of time to improve outcomes

  • Advancing

    There is evidence in the project plan that 75% of the resources can be committed but might be available for an insufficient amount of time to improve outcomes

  • Mastery

    The project partners are willing and able to commit 100% of the necessary resources to ensure project progress and sustainability

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

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