WORKING WHERE SEED IS WANTED
SEED works for communities where they can see the value of a ‘community up’ approach.
The programme works at a grass roots level, where the members decide what is important to them and place emphasis on building the skills required to put goals into action.
SMALL, SIMPLE AND QUICK
SEED places emphasis on delivering many small, simple and quick solutions. SEED takes the position that developing a portfolio approach is far more desirable than focusing on a single ‘silver bullet’ project.
Engaging in the SEED programme means being open to cooperation and inviting other development partners to help deliver specialist programmes in support of the community. This is key to making deep change happen.
The early phases of SEED concentrate on setting the intent (setting goals and identifying potential projects) and on getting things organised. There are indicators that help understand the success of the programme including:
- A clear set of community objectives and a strategy.
- Identification of a number community inspired social, productive and commercial projects.
- A governance and operational structure and better community focussed decision making.
- A structural model for continual growth of social and economic return to the community over time.
- Greater alignment of existing social services with the community need and intent.
- Increased community communication and member participation.
- Increased collaboration, participation and investment from the the public and private sector.
Operational impact occurs when projects are developed and delivered. SEED has three types of project impact:
- Operational impacts (primarily employment)
- Project based impacts (social and environmental)
- Financial impacts (income generated from projects).
Any community inspired project provides varied impacts, however it is expected that each project will move the community forward towards achieving shared goals and community objectives.