The Sustainability Framework© identifies the components that contribute to organizational and programmatic sustainability. This framework describes nine elements of strategy, capacity, and action that help to position an organization or program for sustainability.

It will be useful to familiarize yourself with the Sustainability Framework© prior to beginning the formative assessment process. The key to understanding each component is to put it into the specific context of sustainability.  As you read through the Sustainability Framework©, consider how each element may enhance the long-term potential for a program, organization or activity.  

The first step in improving sustainability capacity is to get organize that impact a program.Ensure that everyone on your team completes the assessment has reviewed the  Sustainability Framework© which will be critical in their ability to answer the questions in the tool.


Components of Sustainability

Strategic Vision




Efficiency and Effectiveness

Evaluation and ROI

Relevance and Practicality


Resource Diversification