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Lessons Learned

Lessons learned from your experiences implementing a rural community-based diabetes program are among the most important pieces of information that you can share.

Information about your findings, impact, and effective strategies become especially useful for others when it is the result of a well-designed and evaluated program. This makes it possible to examine each program element you report as being effective in achieving a given outcome to see if they might be applicable in similar settings elsewhere and if they can undergo any modifications to make them a better fit in those other settings.

In the absence of objective and verifiable program observations and lessons learned, other stakeholders can only guess about applicability to their own circumstances. This can waste scarce resources that could be put to better use elsewhere in their program development and implementation.