Tips for making a vague project work

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Can anyone give me some tips about how I can make my work days more productive and/or help focus my project on more specific things? I'm into my third week as a VISTA and my project still has no real direction. I'm supposed to help build capacity for a taskforce working on Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLP) in Illinois. However, because there are various organizations in the taskforce, no one really knows what they want done or really where to start. My supervisor is great, but she can only act as an intermediary and cannot give me actual specifics to my questions about goals of the project. I've spent the last couple weeks researching, familiarizing myself with MLPs, and reviewing materials from the taskforce. But, outside of meeting with one of the co-chairs next week to gain more insight for my project, I'm at a loss on what to do. So far, I've just started creating my own resource guides for some initiatives that should happen for the taskforce to be successful, but without any concrete guidance yet I feel like I'm doing needless work.

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Your VAD should be your guide (if completing correctly) - what are  projects on the VAD?
 

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The VAD outlines certain goals such as developing relationships with members and survey their needs. However, I cannot actually contact members and get the ball rolling on my project until I have a meeting with the co-chair of the taskforce and get answers to some of my most pressing questions. But, I want to make the work days until that meeting productive, and I'm sort of at a loss because I've completed most of the background work needed already.
 

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I'm in a similar situation where I can't really do much until there's a board meeting and the school year gets further in. I've been doing things on the VISTA campus to keep my days productive. When I have downtime I register for webinars, or go through some of the forum topics. As far as site specific works goes, I've been reading over the grants my site has applied for so that I can get a better understanding of what that process looks like and what will be more specifically required of me and my role at my site. 

It might also be worth it to send a quick email to your site supervisor and ask them if there is anymore reading or research about your project and your site that you can keep up with until you can start doing more work. 

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Thank you Kendall. This seem helpful, and I can ask my supervisor if there's other material she can provide me.
 

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Hello to everyone, my initial VAD described opening a food and clothing pantry on campus for students at a community college.  The plans have since changed to a mobile pantry.  I know that the objectives and goals are still the same, however with a mobile pantry I feel the challenges might be different for me, because the best practices are different.  I am hoping to succeed in building capacity for the college to be able to extend services to all students in the community.  If anyone has advice I am open to listening.  Thanks in advance, Madeline 

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