Sustainability

Making sure your intervention is sustainable through systemic change

  • Will your new way of working be sustainable? Coordinated interventions are unlikely to be sustainable in the long-term unless you can develop systemic change as part of your work.  Why not watch our recent webinar (produced for the Big Lottery Fund) and explore what systems change means to you and your local area?
The MEAM Approach Partnership and audit Consistency in client identification Coordination for clients & services Flexible responses from services Service improvement and gap filling Measurement of success Sustainability and systems change

When considering sustainability it can be helpful to differentiate between the two main things you are trying to sustain: (A) the practical coordination and (B) the flexible responses from local services.

The practical coordination:

  • Have you considered how you might sustain the practical coordination, for example by developing a pooled budget to cover those leading on coordination, that is written into financial plans for the future?

The flexible responses:

  • Have you considered how you might ensure that access to services remains for this group, even in times of change? As well as strategic and cultural changes, this is likely to mean putting in place one or more of the economic flexibilities discussed in the ‘flexibility’ section.  For example, you may seek to adapt commissioning contracts or to develop the use of individual budgets.

Sources of finance:

  • You may want to look at non-traditional forms of finance. New models of social investment – in particular Social Investment Bonds and Charitable Bond issues – may be appropriate, however these forms of finance rely on clear outcomes and are complicated to develop so may not be possible until you have clear evidence in place.