Strategy: Use detailed agendas and meeting minutes, and disperse them widely; include staff members from multiple levels within the organization whenever possible; publicize significant accomplishments.
Strategy: Prepare a plan for orientation of new participants. Determine the information needed to bring new staff up to date on projects. To the extent that systems and procedures are in place and documented, personnel changes should be less disruptive.
Strategy: Use pilot programs to demonstrate how one project can be used to satisfy various needs.
Strategy: Provide educational opportunities for participants as well as encourage participants to learn from one another.
Strategy: Projects must be carefully selected to ensure adequate sample sizes for analysis of characteristically smaller rural data sets. Projects must be carefully selected by taking into account the possible influences of ceiling effects. For example, as an outcome measure, "smoking cessation" may be a poor choice if most of those who will stop smoking have already done so.