What do stakeholders expect from your programs?


As we all know, the harsh reality that we live in means someone is not only paying for your program to be implemented, they are also paying for you and your supplies. The success of a program or facility may not solely depend on what you think is best for your group.

Here’s how to make sure everyone is happy, healthy, and engaged.


Step 1: Communicate

Find out who the relevant stakeholders are for your program and TALK TO THEM! What are their expectations? What do they want to see? More marketing of services available? More diverse opportunities? More group specific interventions?

Step 2: Conduct a Needs Assessment

The individuals who participate and benefit from your program/facility also make up a portion of the relevant stakeholders. What do they want? You can determine this simply by asking and logging responses or making a survey. This ensures that your interventions are “client-centered.”

Step 3: Self-Assess

Establish what YOU NEED to implement your programs, and ASK for it! Ask yourself what supplies, funding, and resources are required to make it happen.

Step 4: Use Evidence

Evidence-based practice should always be a priority, but it also has the added benefit of showing support for decisions to relevant stakeholders. This is especially beneficial when you have difficulty seeing eye to eye with the individuals who fund your program or facility. Invest in yourself and your abilities by signing up with a resource that provides peer-reviewed journal articles. This can be very helpful when implementing new, non-traditional interventions.

Erica is a recreation enthusiast and occupational therapy student in Tallahassee, FL. Her love for the outdoors was cultivated during her childhood in the East Tennessee mountains. Erica is interested in promoting increased participation in recreation for individuals with disabilities.

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