Despite there are number of frameworks available to define systemic they do not actually help to assess change. This paper presents six practical steps to assess systemic change - what people are doing differently and how they benefit from and maintain these behaviour changes. The results can then be inserted into your systemic change framework.
The first three steps are about taking a 'system snapshot' to see how it looks and how it is performing at any given point in time. It involves defining then describing the actors and actions that comprise the system, then assessing the resources that the actions produce.
The subsequent three steps focus on understanding the processes that cause the system to change.
Taken together, and repeated through time, these six steps will provide a clear representation of the aspects of systemic change that really matter for most development programming, and that can be operationalised to improve programme strategy.
- Read Jake Lomax's blog: The Schism in Systemic Change Measurement