- It is helpful to draw up formal agreements clearly stating the responsibilities of all parties involved and general time frames.
"General" because adjustments will be necessary throughout the project. Establishing time frames will provide the opportunity for the stakeholders to express their expectations and limitations.
- Families need support in order to believe in the technology and resolve problems. Expectations are self-fulfilling prophecies: where families and/or promoters believe that problems will occur (generally from previous negative experiences), problems indeed occur.
- When working in several regions where supervision must be delegated, systematic monitoring is essential.
- Because supervision it so critical, it is important not to overextend.
We learned the hard way that supervising five regions at once was very difficult (working in several regions in one state would have been more practical) and that working in 20 isolated communities at once within one region was impossible.
- This model, in which communities develop their own project, paradoxically depends heavily on the skills of the facilitator (regional promoter). Teamwork between a regional promoter and two local promoters may increase chances for success.