Hi Jonny – I’m quite interested in the topic of program sustainability, and would be happy to join a group that you start up, if there is interest. I’m up on most of the literature on program sustainability in the health field, which is growing recently.
One difference between environmental sustainability, such as biological populations, I think, is that human directed programs are heavily influenced by the human factors – champions, leadership, professional “norms,” etc. So health program sustainability is not a characteristic of the program, but of the interplay of program and context. So in the U.S., anyway, where health intervention do not have stable funding sources, it’s not something that can necessarily be planned long in advance.
So I think the ecology is quite different, but it would be fascinating to examine this some more.
Mary Ann Scheirer maryann@ScheirerConsulting.com