A new framework for assessing systemic change in Katalyst: the pilot study in local agri-business network

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Katalyst, a large market systems development project in Bangladesh, has piloted a new systemic change measurement framework. The framework complements the existing systemic change assessment framework consisting of the Adapt-Adopt-Expand-Respond matrix and the scale/sustainability index. It specifically looks at systemic changes at the level of the beneficiaries, i.e. the outcome level of the project. The framework searches for three dimensions of systemic change: (i) whether a transformational change happened in behaviours, perceptions, attitudes or beliefs of beneficiaries, (ii) whether this change has reached a critical mass or tipping point, and (iii) whether there are signs that this new behaviour, perception, attitude or belief leads has been formalised in organisations and institutions. The pilot study performed by Katalyst used innovative mixed research methods such as narrative research and SenseMaker software. The pilot was specifically looking for changes instigated by the local agri-business networks that have been introduced by Katalyst in Bangladesh. The results of the pilot show clear signs for systemic change achieved by the interventions, but also remaining challenges for institutionalising the model at the central government level.