Next, the definition of a vision for your WIP is very important. What should you think of when developing a vision? It should form a compromise between your initial thoughts and prospects and the evidence of the collected data.

A balance will need to be achieved between your initial thoughts and prospects and the requirements and priorities of the funders, be they individuals or funding agencies. Explore all possibilities of negotiation with prospective funders, get to know them well, and try to understand their line of reasoning. The more collaborative this adjustment process, the better. Don’t simply chase the money at all costs, as this may ruin your vision.

A critical assessment of one’s intentions and values, and how they will be put into practice, will enable the anticipation of unintended consequences.

Sustainability requires mid- and long-term goals. Thus, a vision means looking well into the future, avoiding focusing exclusively on urgent or ad hoc solutions.

Finally, whatever vision you define, make sure it is a collaborative approach, shared and participated by:

  • the other team members (ideally the vision is created collectively with them)
  • relevant stakeholders
  • target group participants

A shared vision generates collective commitment, and true teamwork. Putting your vision to work will be a team effort.