The success of a Development Trust is
ultimately judged by the projects it produces. In order to develop
and maintain projects in a way which will satisfy both sponsors and
the local community, the Trust needs an effective project management
system and professional staff to run it.
- The Trust Board and staff must
plan their programme of work in the light of local needs and the
work of other local organisations. The programme of projects must
also balance earning income with meeting Trust
- The Trust must be able to
initiate projects of its own - particularly early on to gain
credibility - and also respond to ideas from the
- Staff must have the professional
competence to deliver quality projects cost effectively while
meeting health and safety and other standards. At the same time
they must involve the local community and offer a role to
- The Trust must report progress to
its local sponsors, complete any returns required by sponsors and
funders, and maintain a review of completed projects.
- Has the Trust established
priorities, based on an assessment of local needs, which
complement those of other organisations?
- Does the Trust have guidelines
for the balance of commercial and community initiated projects,
and procedures for evaluating project proposals?
- Do Trust staff and Board
the possible Trust roles as agent,
consultant, enabler, contractor or developer ?
the limitation on Trust trading activity imposed by the
- Does the Trust have:
professional staff with experience
in project design and contract management?
procedures for establishing and maintaining quality of project
implementation and aftercare?
written contracts with professional advisers and contractors, and
written management and maintenance agreements prior to project
policies for community participation and the management of
procedures for monitoring and reporting project
- Does the Trust conforms to health
and safety legislation, and have adequate insurance against
liability and indemnity?
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