Chapter 1: The Technical Assistance Process
Table 1:d Key Individuals To Involve in the Technical Assistance Process
Representatives of Other Service Delivery Systems Involved With Youth and Families
Representatives of Elected Officials and Funding Sources
An important balance must be achieved between including important stakeholders and the manageability of a working group. It may be difficult to accomplish tasks with extremely large groups.
On the other hand, omission of key stakeholders may doom the change process to failure. Usually, the best-sized group to accomplish tasks is 10 or fewer members. However, there are options for including more people and still accomplishing tasks. A larger group may be formed, but smaller working subcommittees may be assigned to work on subtasks. Another alternative is a small decisionmaking group whose members reach out to involve other representatives on certain tasks or to request their expertise on particular matters.
Whether this planning group is a formally constituted body or an informal group may depend on the level of technical assistance required. Nonetheless, it is vital that the involvement of key stakeholders be considered and obtained.
When considering the composition of a planning group, it is important to include those who will be affected by the changes under consideration, those who have essential background knowledge about the issues involved, those who are most likely to support the changes, and those who are likely to oppose the changes. Those opposed to a particular course of action should not necessarily be excluded. Knowing their objections may help planners and technical assistance providers mold recommendations so they are more acceptable. It is also possible that persons opposed to a change will modify their opinions when involved in the process. Not only is a group essential to provide information and discuss possible options during the technical assistance planning process, but such a group is also crucial for support and implementation of changes that are recommended.
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