The best practices outlined on this site have provided you with some actions that can help create a context that fosters success (stakeholder involvement, informative communication, education and learning). Also, keep in mind that "success" may be hard to define, and setting goals that you are able to monitor and evaluate is an important component for tracking progress. Decker et al (2004) also suggest the following components of a successful process:
- A structured process for making community decisions that includes multiple, diverse perspectives
- Shared understandings about desired goals and a desire for achieving generally acceptable solutions
- An understanding that this will be an ongoing process. CBDM is not usually a one-off task and often requires a long time-horizon
- A commitment to evaluation of the decision-making process and the subsequent management program is also critical so adjustments and modifications to a program can be made as needed
Browsing our library of cases may be helpful to you in finding communities that may be similar to your own, in order to get a sense of how those communities’ processes progressed. However, keep in mind that what worked in one community, no matter how similar it seems to your own, is not guaranteed to work in yours.