Building consensus with partners about project goals and anticipated outcomes early on contributes to a more efficient process and increases the likelihood of long-term success. Shared goals assist in effectively determining the areas of expertise that are needed (Fellows), the types of activities that are most appropriate, and the format of project deliverables. Shared goals are also the first step in defining metrics for success and outlining evaluation methods and tools. Make sure to clearly communicate project goals and accomplishments to stakeholders and their constituencies at key milestones.