Expectations

Peer work is no silver bullet, a tool that easily solves every problem, but might be a very valuable additional method to support people by involving them.

Defining clear goals and setting realistic expectations is an important prerequisite of peer work.  A programme should have realistic perspectives and avoid too high expectations, which can lead to tensions and disillusionment.  There is a detailed section on programme initiation. See:  HOW TO DEVELOP PEER INVOLVEMENT/Initiate

It is important to realise that not every individual is interested in getting involved.  Some people have other, more pressing priorities;  some might feel they lack organisational knowledge, skills and capacities;  while others simply have different ambitions.