Sustaining Shared Use

This section addresses how to CONTINUE THE EFFORT and includes helpful tips on how to evaluate your initiative and ensure you have the resources you need to have long term success.

1. Sustainability 101

While you may be achieving short term successes, it’s always important to think about long term goals. What will this project look like in 2 years? In 5 years? Will it even still exist? Sustainability predicts future challenges and puts measures in place to avoid the challenges from hindering your project. Now that you’ve got your footing, think about both sustaining and expanding what you’re able to do.

2. Create a Sustainability Plan

A sustainability plan puts your ideas on paper and into action.  Propel your shared use project far into the future through a thoughtful process. Key to this process is making sure that partners are on board for the long-haul.
  • Sustainability Plan Template (Coming Soon)

3. Evaluation

Measuring your shared use progress is an important part of understanding the impact your work has on the community.  Being able to show results can also be helpful when seeking funding now and in the future.  There are many ways to evaluate shared use work ranging from direct observation, to stakeholder interviews and community focus groups, to attendance records for scheduled classes and programs

4. Solidify Actions and Get Formal

Written, formal shared use agreements are always recommended since they are a sustainable policy approach to ensuring shared use happens on a continuous basis. Agreements help to clarify the roles and contributions of all parties involved. Solidify your accomplishments by putting it on paper and obtaining written consent from all implementing partners.  Many shared use agreement templates already exist, simply edit to meet the needs of your particular project. Also – remember that MCDPH is always happy to assist with this process.

5. Funding

Shared use projects can be possible with or without funding.  Resources shared here encourage you to think about transformational change that happens when you use existing resources in your community.  We also regularly update this section of the website to reflect any funding opportunities that we are aware of.