Every group develops at its own pace depending on what it wants to achieve. One size definitely does not fit all. In recognition of this Plum Tree has developed a ten-point scale to help groups assess where they are in terms of their development. By using this tool groups can identify their needs and can then choose which projects they want to start, where to get funding and so on. We call this scale the Gateway.
The Gateway tool is applied as follows: a group is at one of the ten stages listed below. The timescales provided are an indication of the time taken for a group to move through the stages e.g. 12 months to get from Stage 1 to Stage 3.
Short Term (12 Months)
Medium Term (18 Months)
Long Term (2 Years)