Published by
HPC / Springfield Centre / Miehlbradt Consulting / DCED

Planning for and assessing system change is a strategic management issue. It is critical for everything from developing a strategy and designing interventions, to adapting strategy, improving implementation and reporting impact.

But many programmes get stuck when it comes to assessing system change. The private sector development field has struggled to agree on an approach that programmes can implement and stakeholders can understand.

However some mature programmes are starting to assess system change more effectively. Building on these emerging practices, this paper outlines a process that programmes can use to assess system changes regularly and practically.

This paper explores how to:

  • develop a system change strategy and intervention plans that lay the groundwork for system change assessment, including how to set system boundaries and how to identify the system changes a programme aims to catalyse
  • assess system changes using both:
      - an intervention lens focused on changes introduced by specific interventions
      - a helicopter lens that provides a whole system view

By analysing findings from both lenses, programmes can improve their strategy and report on their contribution to system change.

The authors took part in a webinar on BEAM in April 2020: