Use the following guidelines, tools, and resources to develop a sustainability strategy.
Sustainability is an ongoing process enabling providers to ensure that their reentry education continuum persists through changes in resources, staff, and other components. A sustainability strategy involves not only identifying new resources, but also maintaining program goals, principles, and activities.
Click on the guidelines below to learn more.
The following activities can help reentry education providers develop a short-term sustainability strategy:
- Assess organizational readiness and capacity for sustainability.
- Maximize resources such as staff, volunteers, and internal and external partnerships.
- Engage partners and key stakeholders and develop communication strategies to ensure widespread support of the program.
- Develop a sustainability plan, including funding strategies.
Where Am I In the Framework?
Sustainability Assessment and Tracking Sheet
This tool will help reentry education providers assess their ability to sustain their reentry education continuum based on the critical components outlined in the Reentry Education Framework. It also allows providers to create a tracking sheet to document their progress with implementing a sustainability strategy.
Evaluating the Impact of Reentry Education Programs
This tool provides a framework for evaluating impact beyond participant outcomes, namely the impact that a reentry program can have in terms of raising awareness of the need and importance of reentry education programs, increasing knowledge about effective programming, and changing behavior of stakeholders in order to build effectiveness of and support for reentry programs.
Talking Point Guidelines
This exercise will help reentry education providers translate a description of their program into an inspiring vision and rationale for making education a critical component of the reentry process.
Handbook for Sustaining Standards-Based Education in Adult Education
Comprehensive guide to implementing and sustaining standards-based education in adult basic education at the local and state levels.
Reintegration of Ex-Offenders (REXO) Sustainability Resources
Includes the following handouts for reentry practitioners (requires free registration): Assessment Planning, Sample Sustainability Action Plan, Self-Assessment Tool, Sustainability Planning Guide, and Sustainability Tips.
Sustaining Improved Outcomes: A Toolkit
Describes 12 key considerations for sustaining successful programs and includes sustainability assessment and planning worksheets.