Essential Elements for Step 2: Identify Resources
Resources are all the things that we invest in a diabetes program. Resources can include things like time, staff, funding, equipment, and space. One important resource is the stakeholders. Stakeholders are those people who have a strong interest in the diabetes program.
Stakeholders can be those who:
- Receive diabetes program services
- Make decisions about funding
- Plan and implement the diabetes program on a daily basis
It is critical to know what the stakeholders expect from the diabetes program and what they will do to help. Stakeholders should be active participants in the diabetes program. You can help to ensure this by involving them early on.
You can start the process of involving stakeholders by simply asking them:
- Why are you interested in the diabetes program?
- What do you want the diabetes program to accomplish?
- What resources (time, money, technical assistance) can you contribute?
- How will you help assure that the diabetes program is successful?
Resources also include items like time, staff, funding, equipment and space. Think about each of these and answer the following questions.
- Who are some people that could or should be involved in your diabetes program? Be specific.
- What time commitment can these people make? Lack of time can be a serious limitation. Make sure people have adequate time to commit to the diabetes program.
Funding – staff, equipment, and space
- What kind of budget do you have? A common mistake is to want to do too much – more than the budget will allow. Find out and create a realistic operating budget.
- What kind of equipment will you need? How does this fit with your budget?
- Do you have a designated location to conduct your activities? Consider collaborating with a group that already has a location. For example, Wellness Center, local gym, school, elder center kitchen, and so on.