When working in partnership with a local church / community group, The SEED Project operates according to the following model:
Partnerships are based on a two-stage contractual agreement, ensuring full commitment from both parties. Contract 1 (which applies to the assessment stage) is signed at this stage.
SEED and its local partner carry out a field assessment in the agreed focus area, to determine the range and level of needs.
SEED and its local partner classify the needs according to short-, medium- and long-term, and agree a short-list of problems to tackle.
SEED and its local partner form a priority list of tasks to be tackled together, based on factors such as time-frames, lasting value, affordability, availability of resources...
SEED and its local partner draw up a detailed plan for each priority task. This clearly outlines the goals, methods, time-scales and costs involved.
THE ACTION PLAN
SEED and its local partner evaluate the proposed action plan against the needs assessment and prioritisation, and against any changes in circumstances. Contract 2 is signed*, clearly outlining responsibilities, tasks, focus area, and time period, and committing to the agreed action plan. An exit plan for The SEED Project will be appended, outlining how and when the local partner will take full responsibility for the work initiated together.
[* It is possible that, at this point, reasons may have been discovered for not beginning the proposed project at this time. In such a case, no second contract will be signed, and the formal partnership will end.]
Proposed work begins, in accordance with the agreed action plan.
Throughout the implementation process, regular evaluations are made to ensure that targets are being met, quality of work is maintained and responsibilities are fulfilled. It may be that during the implementation process, the action and exit plans will need to be reviewed and changed in light of experience or changing circumstances.
As the agreed time for the SEED's exit approaches, the partners make a final review of the exit plan, to ensure that the contract has been fully adhered to and that the local partner will be fully equipped to continue. A public meeting with the partners and the community may also be held at this point to aid evaluation and provide an opportunity for community input.
Implementation of exit plan.
At this point SEED reviews its work in the community and produces a comprehensive report for stakeholders (i.e. partners, donors, community / beneficiaries). This may take different forms as appropriate to the audience, e.g. writing, pictures, verbal presentation.
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