The Theory of Change

 

How it Works

Theory of Change is essentially a comprehensive description and illustration of how and why a desired change is expected to happen in a particular context. 

It is focused in particular on mapping out or "filling in" what has been described as the "missing middle" between what a program or change initiative does (its activities or interventions) and how these lead to desired goals being achieved.

It does this by first identifying the desired long-term goals and then works back from these to identify all the conditions (outcomes) that must be in place (and how these relate to one another causally) for the goals to occur. These are all mapped out in an Outcomes Framework.

The Steps on the Path

  • Prevention: The action of stopping something from happening or arising.

  • Intervention: The action of process of improving a situation by inserting things or actions between others that changes the course.

  • Healing: A process of becoming sound or whole.

  • Education: The experience in mindfulness to learn and avert a previous crisis.

  • Leadership: Someone who inspires others through actions and steps they themselves took in a crisis to attain self-sufficiency.

Prevention

  • When as a community, we engage with one another at a level where we learn about the situation in order to come up with immediate solution before the issue becomes a crisis.

  • Asking a friend/family for support/services.

  • Calling 211 for County services.

  • Accessing HHS/Local Non Profits/SBCS/Faith-based organizations, counselling, etc.

  • Being transparent with those who will listen to find resources in your community to prevent a crisis.

Intervention

  • Intervention can only work if the person in crises is willing to be proactive and is willing to take action oriented steps to bring about change.

  • Setting and Keeping appointments, being prepared with all needed documents.

  • Following through with tasks given by those assisting.

  • Being open minded to solutions, not expectations.

Healing

  • When an individual can see how their actions/non-actions played a part in the need for prevention or intervention.

  • Accepting the current situation as far as its fixable.

  • Accepting responsibility for actions or non-actions.

  • Gaining the ability to move forward and not repeating past mistakes or poor choices.

Education

  • When an individual puts into action a plan by which they are learning new way of dealing with crisis.

  • When individuals have created a plan to self-sufficiency that includes bettering their lives through an educational model such as:

    • Personal: Counselling, Anger Management, Legal Assistance, Personal resource development

    • Sufficiency: Higher Education, Relationship building

Leadership

When an individual puts into action a plan by which they are learning new way of dealing with crisis an shares their experience for the betterment of those around them.

  • Volunteerism: Giving back through works of charity.

  • Community Engagement: Involvement in community project at a larger scale.

  • Mentoring and sharing and individuals personal journey to inspire others!

 

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