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Mine-Scarred Lands Initiative Tool Kit: Using Outside Assistance with Project Planning and Coordination

Some MSL communities found that using outside support allowed project team members to focus more on the substance of their efforts rather than worrying about managing the project process. A facilitator is a neutral third party who can provide this support. In many cases the MSL Initiative communities used a local facilitator who had the right skills and was trusted by all participants. In other cases, they used a facilitator from outside of the community. Outside assistance can be helpful for activities such as:

  • Managing and coordinating the overall revitalization process
  • Identifying or working with stakeholders or partners and designing a process for community involvement
  • Facilitating an exchange of information
  • Assisting parties in reaching an agreement
  • Managing conflicts that arise

Project Examples for Using Outside Assistance with Project Planning and Coordination


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