Once the coordinating body has been established and stakeholders are on board, take the following steps to prepare your program for design and implementation.
Agree on the Project Scope
Sometimes the donor pre-determines the geographic scope of the project, or sets certain parameters that implementers must work within (e.g., mandates that the program work in regions with the highest rates of malnutrition, but does not stipulate how many regions or which sub-regional areas to work in). Most programs state their geographic scope in their funding proposal. Now that you have a deeper understanding of the landscape through the mapping exercise, have built consensus for the integrated program and have established a coordinating body, use your stakeholder analysis and work with your coordinating body to further refine the program’s geographic scope. Who will be responsible for what, where and when? How can you ensure the project operates at scale, maximizes everyone’s resources and is not stretched too thin?
Staff the Integrated SBCC Program
You likely proposed a particular staffing structure at the proposal stage. Given all that you now know from the stakeholder and environment analyses, is this structure still ideal for your integrated SBCC initiative? Consider designating staff members for each topical area (e.g., HIV, family planning and maternal and child health [MCH]), organizing it by skill area or function (e.g., media, community mobilization and training) or using a combination of those two approaches.
Below are further details as to what these structures might look like: