2014 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION
Sharing Stories about
Sustainability:
A Rotarian Perspective
• What is sustainability?
• Why is sustainability important?
• Impact vs. Outputs
• How do you create a sustainable projec...
• Long-term solutions to community needs
• Maintenance by benefiting community
WHAT IS SUSTAINABILTY?
• Community needs and strengths
• Materials and technology
• Funding
• Knowledge
• Motivation
• Monitoring/evaluation
ELEM...
COMMUNITY NEEDS/STRENGTHS
• Assess community needs and strengths
• Focus on skills, programming and capacity
building
• Id...
MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY
• Purchase locally
• Ensure spare parts are available
• Involve community members when
selecting ...
FUNDING
• Confirm local funding source
• Compensate project participants
appropriately
KNOWLEDGE
• Provide training, education and outreach
to community members
• Confirm plan for transfer of knowledge to
new ...
MOTIVATION
• Provide incentives for project participants
• Identify personnel to lead beneficiaries
• Prepare community as...
MONITORING AND EVALUATION
• Develop clear and measurable project
objectives
• Identify methods for collecting data
• Estab...
• Why is sustainability important?
• How do you create a sustainable project?
THE ROTARIAN PERSPECTIVE
QUESTIONS?
TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS
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  • Sustainability is one of the keys to projects that produce real “impact” in an area of focus rather than just simply providing “outputs”.
  • Sustainability means different things to different organizations. For The Rotary Foundation, sustainability means providing long-term solutions to community needs that the benefiting community can maintain after grant funding ends.
  • Global grant projects must be sustainable and display the following characteristics:

    Community needs and strengths
    Materials and technology
    Funding
    Knowledge
    Motivation
    Monitoring and evaluation
  • Local grant sponsors conduct a thorough assessment of the community’s needs to identify a need that sponsors are able to support and that meets beneficiaries’ needs and fits their values and culture. Identify community assets and how they can be leveraged to increase the long term impact of the project’s objectives. Involve multiple community partners in the planning process. When doing your community assessment, be sure to ask about skills or programming the community would like to have as a result of a global grant.

  • Grant sponsors should purchase equipment and new technology from local sources, when possible. Ensure spare parts are readily available. Involve community members when selecting technology or equipment, and train them to operate, maintain, and repair it on their own. Seek input and or certification from local government agencies, like the Board of Health or Department of Public Works.
  • Grant sponsors should confirm a local funding source to provide long-term operation, maintenance, repair, and project longevity. Compensate project participants appropriately for their work to ensure continuity of services.
  • Grant sponsors should provide training, education, and community outreach to strengthen beneficiaries’ capacity to meet project objectives and ensure some sort of accompanying behavior change as a result of the project. Confirm that recipients have a plan to transfer knowledge to new beneficiaries. Collaborate with local organizations and agencies to supply expertise, as needed.
  • Grant sponsors should provide incentives for beneficiaries and project participants to continue ongoing support. Identify personnel willing to lead beneficiaries to sustain project outcomes. Prepare the community to assume ownership of the project once global grant funds are fully expended.
  • Project sponsors should develop clear and measurable project objectives, and identify methods for collecting project data. Establish baseline data for evaluation capable of demonstrating significant change for at least three years.
  • To answer these questions about why sustainability is important and how you create a sustainable project, we are going to turn to our panelists to share their experiences.
  • Sharing Stories about Sustainability: A Rotarian Perspective

    1. 1. 2014 ROTARY INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION Sharing Stories about Sustainability: A Rotarian Perspective
    2. 2. • What is sustainability? • Why is sustainability important? • Impact vs. Outputs • How do you create a sustainable project? TODAY’S DISCUSSION
    3. 3. • Long-term solutions to community needs • Maintenance by benefiting community WHAT IS SUSTAINABILTY?
    4. 4. • Community needs and strengths • Materials and technology • Funding • Knowledge • Motivation • Monitoring/evaluation ELEMENTS OF SUSTAINABILITY
    5. 5. COMMUNITY NEEDS/STRENGTHS • Assess community needs and strengths • Focus on skills, programming and capacity building • Identify need that sponsors can support • Design project to meet identified need • Fit project to local values and culture • Involve multiple community partners
    6. 6. MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGY • Purchase locally • Ensure spare parts are available • Involve community members when selecting technology and equipment • Train community members on operation, maintenance and repair of equipment
    7. 7. FUNDING • Confirm local funding source • Compensate project participants appropriately
    8. 8. KNOWLEDGE • Provide training, education and outreach to community members • Confirm plan for transfer of knowledge to new beneficiaries • Collaborate with local organizations
    9. 9. MOTIVATION • Provide incentives for project participants • Identify personnel to lead beneficiaries • Prepare community assume ownership of project
    10. 10. MONITORING AND EVALUATION • Develop clear and measurable project objectives • Identify methods for collecting data • Establish baseline data for evaluation
    11. 11. • Why is sustainability important? • How do you create a sustainable project? THE ROTARIAN PERSPECTIVE
    12. 12. QUESTIONS? TAKE ACTION, EXCHANGE IDEAS, JOIN LEADERS

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