Succession planning is the process of preparing for large transitions, often in leadership, in an organization. Harm reduction leaders agreed that it is never too soon to start succession planning and that not doing so can lead agencies to serious issues with programmatic stability in the long term.
There are many guides to succession planning but Ready4Change (R4C) was created by Balanced Imperfection with funding from AIDS United and the Comer Family Foundation for harm reduction organizations to get ready for and respond to change when it happens. Some of the basic tenants of that work indicate that it is best to have preparatory conversations and documents before change takes place.
Some of the important preparatory conversations R4C suggested were conversations with:
The following were determined to be critical in terms of documentation for succession planning:
For more information on this critical topic please see the extensive resources at Ready4Change.me
During our development Harm Reduction Hacks have collected together a large number of resources from around the web you can find these in our resource folder in Google Docs. We are also always looking for more so help us by suggesting any resources we may have missed.
We do not claim that this is an exhaustive set of strategies, shortcuts, or tips for running an SSP. What we do suggest is that Harm Reduction Hacks offers down-to-earth, practical information for being a better leader, starting and running an SSP, and providing syringe access services. We feel we can say this with confidence because the Hacks are based on interviews with, and the experiences of, literally generations of people who have been doing harm reduction work.
Please note that nothing in this guide should be construed as legal advice. Please consult an attorney local to your area to ensure your program is in compliance with all local, state and federal regulations that apply to your situation.