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While there are number of frameworks available that attempt to define systemic change, they are of limited value to those who have to go about assessing change.

Whatever you think 'systemic change' is, the empirical work on the ground of assessing whether it has happened remains more-or-less the same.

So what is more useful than a framework is a process that shows us what to look for in the assessment of systemic change. This 3sd Research paper provides a step-by-step process to guide implementers’ and evaluators’ efforts to assess the tangible elements of systemic change.

There are Six Steps, three that provide a System Snapshot that can be repeated in order to assess how system composition and performance change over time. And three more steps that analyse System Dynamics, supporting understanding as to why the system has changed and how this impacts sustainability.