Systems change theory and practice

Systems change theory and practice

Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

A brief review and practical insights

This discussion paper offers a summary of recently published literature and key theories about systems change and evaluation. It includes several case studies of programs and organisations to illustrate how they have applied theory. For people and organisations interested in child and family wellbeing, the study of systems is increasingly relevant. Researchers and practitioners are gaining interest in systems theory as they seek to learn more about how systems operate, interconnect and function – particularly in ways that enable children, families and communities to thrive. Where children and families are not thriving, are disadvantaged or have experienced trauma, the evidence suggests that systems thinking can develop a shared understanding of how to create a more supportive and effective system of care. Systems thinking is also helping to find solutions that address the root causes of challenging conditions that prevent life-long health and wellbeing.

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