This section includes factors to consider prior to developing a peer-based program. It provides information to assist service providers who intend to develop and implement a peer-based program identify the target group they want to reach and how to set objectives for their program. It lists a number of aspects that should be considered prior to implementing a program to assess whether a peer support approach is appropriate for what they seek to achieve.

This section also provides information on the necessary attributes program environments and organisational culture of agencies that wish to provide peer-based initiatives should reflect, and it helps to determine whether the organisational capacity and budget of the program are sufficient for the intended purposes.

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