Many community projects and programmes start with the imagination and passion of a person, or group of people, wanting to make a difference in the community. A feasibility study is a good reality check, giving you some information about your chances of success, and possible pitfalls.
A feasibility study helps the members of your group identify:
(Adapted from Starting a New Programme).
The focus of a feasibility study is on fact-finding and getting answers to the questions above. Ask all the people whose advice might be helpful, whether you know them or not, including potential clients, supporters and partners. Getting a wide range of opinions will enable you to better decide whether, and how, to proceed with your project. If you decide to go ahead, you can use the information you gathered in the feasibility study to help with your operational and project plans.
Tip: In all likelihood you will be biased in favour of your idea, so getting an independent person to check or oversee the feasibility study will make it more credible. You will then be able to use it when you start raising funds.