As part of the management reporting for the IAS Programme, all IAS Services were asked to complete a sustainability and exit plan. For this, services were asked to consider the following:
- The current context the service is working within and the potential impact on delivery
- Areas of work that have been developed through the IAS Programme funding
- What areas of work might be sustained, in the worst-case scenario if no further IAS Programme funding was available – and how this might be achieved
- What areas of work would not be sustainable and therefore, what exit plans would need to be in place
In creating a plan, services were advised to split information into two broad sections; the context of the service and its achievements through IAS Programme funding, followed by an action plan, clearly setting out what work is to be sustained and what actions would be required to achieve this as well as considering exit planning where appropriate.
The strongest plans were those that sought stakeholder input and included clear budget considerations for moving forward alongside potential avenues for securing this funding. They situated the work of the service within a current and local context, including the impact of Covid, as well as providing an overview of what had been accomplished using IASP funding to date. They then went on to consider their priority outcomes for the near future, providing an outline of what work needs to be sustained and the financial implications of this in terms of resources. Below are number of sustainability plans selected as exemplars of good practice in this area.
Yorkshire and Humber
East of England