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Planning (SPF Step 3)
Before implementing any program, the change-making organization needs to set specific goals for reducing adolescent substance use in the community. It’s important to set small achievable goals that have a measurable outcome. The organization needs to decide what the long-term goals are, and whether they are attainable within an appropriate timeframe for implementation of the program.
Some examples of programmatic goals would include: establishing an actively networking group of multi-disciplinary stakeholders, attaining buy-in from the community as a whole regarding the proposed program agendas, and to provide and attend relevant training to ensure sustainability at a community level.
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Sustainability and culture change
In order for change to be truly sustainable, it must be culturally relevant. Culturally relevant change begins with the organization and its members using the concepts of cultural competence: valuing diversity and being respectful and responsive to the needs, beliefs and practices of diverse groups by adapting intervention strategies to the specific cultural needs of the community. Because culturally competence is essential to the sustainability of a program, it must be considered and rigorously applied during all stages of the SPF.