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At the end of the day...
"[WAJF] got more than its money's worth."
"One year of circuit riding cost WAJF $122,300. That's not much spread across 50 different organizations. About $2,400 a piece."
At the end of the day, the W. Alton Jones Foundation got more than its money's worth. This is a key point. One year of circuit riding cost WAJF $122,300. That's not much spread across 50 different organizations. About $2,400 a piece. Given that amount to spend on their own, each organization could buy 2 or 3 days of consulting. Sure, some organizations used only a few hours of Circuit Rider's time for their specific needs. But others, like the Union of Concerned Scientists and CAN, got weeks of his time. Not to mention the efforts that went into the listserv and Gopher site.
Also, it's hard to believe that 50 different consultants could design an effective network. Too many cowboys. Plus, most ordinary consultants won't read computer manuals by moonlight. And few techies, if any, have the broad knowledge and resources of tcn to back them up.
Drew Kodjak of NESCAUM put it clearly, "We accomplished much more working with tcn than we would have if [the] W. Alton Jones [Foundation] had just given us a few thousand dollars to hire our own consultant."
The benefits of the Circuit Rider project will be long-lived. Self-replicating. Savings productive. This year of technical assistance is not finite. LEV-ZEV advocates got more than help. They got an education. And the benefits will continue to grow. For the organizations and for the causes they serve.
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