Sustainable development begins with human development. The following outcomes can be used to measure the success of a CHE program. These are outcomes we consistently see in mature CHE programs around the world:
Shared Vision: The community sees a better future and has hope that it can be achieved.
Leadership: Godly Christian leaders are positioned and equipped to lead the community toward the accomplishment of its vision.
Ownership: People are taking responsibility for their own health and well-being.
Cooperation: People are united and working together for the common good.
Volunteers: Significant numbers of people are working together for the common good.
Dignity: People have recovered their identity as made in the image of God and their vocation as stewards of creation. Instead of being controlled or victimized by their environment, they are stewards of it.
Learning, Skill, and Resources: People are equipped to identify needs and resources, put together a plan, and mobilize volunteers to accomplish their vision. People are continually reflecting on what is happening in order to learn how to be more effective.
Christian Community and Witness: Believers are meeting together for fellowship, prayer, Bible study, and worship, and are sharing Christ with their neighbors in word and deed.
Once the above outcomes are achieved, we begin to see the full impact of our work. Churches are established and strengthened, health improves, infant mortality decreases, agriculture becomes more productive, jobs are created, and water systems, roads, schools and clinics are built. Peace, justice, compassion, and righteousness are witnessed in the community and God is glorified. All of this is achieved at the initiative of the people, and it is impossible to predict what specific improvements will result.