A catalyst can also act as an intermediary between the community and different agencies by initiating developmental projects, monitoring and evaluating them until the community is able to take over. While initiating development projects, the catalyst should gradually transfer responsibility to the community. To assist this process, the catalyst can play a dynamic role in bringing about necessary changes in social attitudes which are limiting self-development, particularly of primitive communities. This can be done by discerning value systems, even introducing an element of 'agitation/ resistance' (creative confrontation).
The catalytic dynamic in development reinforces the community's confidence that it is in charge of its own destiny. Some projects judge their success not only by visible accomplishments, but also by such intangibles as reducing dependency. One indicator of the success of the project is the withdrawal of the catalytic agent when the community is able to deal with its own problems with courage and determination. The community has then outgrown the need for direction.