Bottom Boxes - Assumptions and External Factors:
Assumptions: Many projects or intiaitives make assumptions about the people they intend to reach, the quality and/or intensity of the services offered, and/or the environment in which the program operates. It is important to be explicit about the assumptions that the program makes, since many programs succeed or fail based on whether the assumptions are realistic. For example, a program may assume that the target population actually will come to the program offered, that the community supports the program and will continue to contribute to it, that staff are qualified or trained to carry out the program consistently, and that the intensity of the program is sufficient enough so that participants will change their behavior or exhibit the desired behavior.
External Factors: Programs do not occur in a vacuum. Many factors over which you have little or no control may affect your program's outcomes. These external factors - such as the political and economic situation, social influences, and even weather - can help or hinder a program's success. Changes in any of these contextual factors may require program adjustments.