Projected sustainability of innovative social programs

Riki Savaya*, Gerald Elsworth, Patricia Rogers

*Corresponding author for this work

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This study is an exploratory examination of the projected sustainability of more than 100 projects funded by the Australian government. Using data collected by the body that evaluated the projects and data from a government database, it examines the predictors of various forms of sustainability. Findings show that some two thirds of the project leaders who expected their programs to continue after the expiration of the initial funding expected them to continue with the same activities and target population; almost half envisioned them diversifying to new activities, target groups, or locations. Auspice organization involvement increased the expectation that the project would be continued, project effectiveness decreased that expectation, and diversity of initial funding became less important as other sources of support and sustainability were taken into consideration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)189-205
Number of pages17
JournalEvaluation Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Forms of sustainability
  • Predictors of sustainability
  • Program sustainability


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