Literature Review: Developing a Conceptual Framework to Assess the Sustainability of Community Coalitions Post-Federal Funding. Model of Community-Based Program Sustainability


Mancini and Marek (2004) explored whether community-based programs were sustaining their benefits to families and communities. Exhibit 4.4 shows Mancini and Marek’s (2004) model of community-based program sustainability. 

Exhibit 4.4: Model of Community-Based Program Sustainability

Exhibit 4.4:Model of Community-Based Program Sustainability.

Reprinted from Mancini and Marek (2004).

Exhibit 4.4 This exhibit shows Mancini and Marek (2004) model of community-based program sustainability. It shows how sustainability elements influence middle-range and long-range program results. The elements and results are discussed in the following texts.

The unique aspect of Mancini and Marek’s model is the relationship between the sustainability elements (e.g., leadership competence, effective collaboration, demonstrating program results, strategic funding, staff involvement and integration, and program responsivity), middle-range program results (e.g., continuing to focus on goals, planning for sustainability), and the ultimate result of program sustainability.

The emphasis of this model is that a variety of sustainability elements can contribute to middle-range program results that are ultimately connected to program sustainability. The achievement of middle-range program results increases the chance that the program will be sustained. Additionally, the sustainability elements may also be independently related to program sustainability. 

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