Assess your project's flexibility

Picture_009.jpgThis tool helps you find the right balance between being flexible to your target group's needs and sticking to your own plans. It does so by breaking down your project into different aspects, so you can see where you can be more flexible. It also helps you identify which aspects of your project are fixed, and cannot be changed without compromising your goals.

What you need to do: 
  1. Organise a brainstorming session with colleagues.
  2. Download the attached table. Consider, for each aspect of your project, which aspects are fixed and which are flexible.
  3. Think about which of the flexible aspects you might change in response to the needs and expectations of your target group and stakeholders (how to adapt and how far you can adapt without compromising your goals).
When does it work?: 

If you are planning a basically 'top-down' project initiated by your own organisation or a funding body, you can use this tool to see how to make it more user-friendly.

If you are working closely with your target group, you can use this table to define which aspects you cannot compromise on. For example, in an energy advice project, you are probably willing to add some other advice elements, but might decide that giving advice on garden planning is outside your scope (even if people might want it).