La Sierra University Enactus 

Project Development Process

Phase 1: Ideation and Proposal

Before the La Sierra University Enactus Team considers a project for full-implementation, an exploration of feasibility and viability as well as official project initiation documents are required.

Ideation/Exploration/Initial Research

  • Includes identification/assessment of need/target audience
  • Think Tank Deep Dive
  • An intensive process of audience-centered research, brainstorming, and prototyping
  • Project Justification Document
  • The situation/need
  • Possible solutions
  • Proposed solution
  • Why the Enactus team should devote resources to the development of a related project.

The project justification document will be reviewed by the relevant category manager(s) or equivalent, Sam Walton Fellow(s), and a category mentor for guidance on the development of more detailed project initiation documents.

Proposal for Project Development

  • Project Initiation Document(s)
  • Define Need
  • Define Proposed Project and Scope
  • Budget
  • Timeline/Schedule
  • Funding Opportunities
  • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Initial Research Findings
  • Strategy
  • Planned Measurement/Outcomes/Impact

Upon its completion, a proposal will be reviewed to determine if Enactus resources will be tasked to support further planning and development of the project in preparation for its potential implementation.

Project Selection / Approval for Project Initiation (approval of proposal for further development and use of resources to prepare project/program for full implementation)

  • Criteria for assessment of Project Initiation Document
  • Alignment with the La Sierra University Enactus Team Vision
  • Alignment with Enactus Operational Categories
  • Significant and clearly defined need/target
  • Research and analysis considers relevant economic, social, and environmental factors
  • Designed to empower the target audience
  • Improves quality of life and standard of living for project beneficiaries
  • Utilizes business and economic concepts in implementation strategy
  • Required resources for development and implementation

Upon approval for development and testing of the proposed project, funds will be allocated to support continued progress. A core project team will need to be established if not previously as well as a project partner/sponsor (as applicable). Results of testing and analysis will be used to improve the existing project proposal to provide the most accurate picture of needed resources and potential impact.

Phase 2: Development and Testing

Project Development

  • Funded Research and Pilot Testing
  • Formation of Core Student Team
  • Vetting of Partner (as applicable)
  • Measurement and Analysis of Testing
  • Optimization of Proposal for Full-Implementation
  • Second review of proposal by Category Manager/Committee, Fellows, Dean, Board, etc. for approval of full implementation

Phase 2: Implementation

With approval from the second proposed project review, the given project will be officially listed as “in implementation.” Resources will be allocated to the approved budget and monitored through a continuous assessment process of project progress.


  • Regular assessment/measurement of progress/outcomes/impact
  • Progress Reports
  • Regular training and recruitment of new team members
  • Annual presentation by and review of project team

Phase 3: Sustainability and Impact

Regular assessment/measurement tools will be utilized to identify areas of improvement, indicate when the given project/program has reached full-sustainability, indicate when implementation needs to be put on hold for further development/testing, or indicate when implementation of the exit strategy is necessary.