Stakeholder support is necessary for a successful change proposal project implementation. Consider your internal stakeholders, such as the facility, unit or health care setting where the change process is situated, and your external stakeholders, like an individual or group outside the health care setting. Why is their support necessary to the success of your project, and how you will go about securing that support?
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Internal Stakeholders: In my facility, the internal stakeholders include all the staff. This includes everyone from the custodian to the superintendent. All are affected by students who need services. For instance, students who are EBD (or similar) often destroy property and obviously need one-on-one attention from paras and teachers (Difference, 2017).
External Stakeholders: This includes clinics/hospitals, parents/guardians, local and state government, police, vendors, neighbors to the schools, churches and organizations, park and rec and more. The entire community is connected to the schools in some capacity (Difference, 2017).
How to Secure Support from All Stakeholders and Why It is Necessary
The number one skill to learn is to win support from all interested stakeholders. Starting with a “Stakeholder Analysis” is one methodology to use to help identify key people who will support the project. Listening to opinions and ideas helps to engage and give ownership to the changes. Gaining support from most powerful stakeholders can help gain more support in terms of money and time. It is important to keep them abreast of progress and plans. It is good to know your stakeholders and how they will react to certain news and ideas (Securing, 2017). For example, the custodians would be thrilled without a doubt about helping students to make better choices in the school setting. The custodians have expressed concerns and feelings of no support from administration when the students throw food on the floor, defecate on the floors, and break things (and so much more). It is quite certain that if better discipline and guidance were in place, the custodians would do just about anything to make things work better for everyone.
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