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Sustainability Toolkit

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Date Published
September 2021
27 pages

This resource provides an overview of the sustainability planning process, highlighting some important points, and notes several factors related to program, organization, community, policy, and funding capacities that should be considered as part of the planning process.


This sustainability toolkit guides readers through the steps of the sustainability planning process, defining sustainability in health and human services as the ability of an organization and/or the community to maintain a program or specific services along with their outcomes over time. The document discusses sustainability planning, highlighting some key points, and planning considerations focused on program planning, organization and community, and policy and funding. It provides details on the following steps of sustainability planning: assembling a planning team; conducting a sustainability assessment; reviewing and discussing assessment findings; summarizing and prioritizing the findings; developing the sustainability action plan; executing the sustainability action plan; and monitoring progress and updating the plan.

Date Published: September 1, 2021