Provides six key steps in the process for planning for the sustainability for USDOL Employment and Training Administration High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) and Community-based Job Training (CBJT) grantees.
“Sustainability’ refers to the continuation of a project’s goals, principles, and efforts to achieve desired outcomes….this Guide provides information on issues [High Growth Job Training Initiative (HGJTI) and Community-based Job Training (CBJT) grantees] will want to consider in planning for sustainability, and worksheets [they] can use to work through …key steps in the sustainability planning process…[The] worksheets [includes materials highlighting potential strategies, promising practices, key questions, guides and tips that] provide one possible format for documenting…sustainability planning efforts…and allow [grantees] to flesh out each of the ‘cells’ in detail as [they] plan, or provide an ‘At-a-Glance’ summary of the plans [they will complete as part of the sustainability planning process” (pp. 1-2, 9). (Abstractor: Author, Website Staff).

Major Findings & Recommendations

Six key steps in sustainability planning process includes: •“Clarify your vision… [so that it] unifies all of your project’s sustainability efforts [and serves] as the focal point that brings your project staff, participants, and community partners and supporters together (p. 10). •“Determine what you want to sustain… [based] on the needs of your region and data regarding the performance of your grant” (p. 11). •“Build collaboration [with] community partners…to contribute to…and to expand [your project’s] base of support… [and to increase] the number of individuals concerned with our project’s sustainability [efforts]” (p. 12). •“Choose your sustainability strategies and methods…[that] can be built into the project from the outset as a feature design…’[and] in later phases of the grant to reflect the goals and resources in places at the time” (p. 13). •“Develop action steps… [based on] the specific goals you have established” (p. 14). •“Document and communicate your success to key stakeholders and other supports or potential supports on an ongoing basis” (p. 15). (Abstractor: Author, Website Staff)