Theory of Change Mapping using a Youth Development Example


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Harvard researcher Carol Weiss advises communities desiring to make mindful social change that there is nothing as practical as good theory. Because change takes time, it’s important to track and document the process by which one aims to initiate and enforce change. Relaying your message of change to the public may sound challenging and difficult, but it can be done! Every community needs a roadmap for success that clearly states assumptions, inputs, outputs, and outcomes. This webinar will use a youth development as one example of how to take an idea and translate it into what is called a “theory of change.”

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Theory of Change Mapping using a Youth Development Example

  1. 1. Theory of Change Mapping using a Youth Development Example Kimberly Snodgrass June 27, 2012A Service Of: Sponsored by:
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  4. 4. Today’s Speaker Kimberly Snodgrass Associate Olive Grove Consulting Hosting:Assisting with chat questions:Jamie Maloney, Nonprofit Webinars Sam Frank, Synthesis PartnershipA Service Of: Sponsored by:
  5. 5. Theory of Change Mapping using a Youth Development Example Kim Snodgrass Olive Grove Consulting@kimsnodgrass, @og_consult, @reachforu
  6. 6. AgendaAboutOverview of TOCWhy we use one & the value one bringsExampleQ&A
  7. 7. Background @kimsnodgrassRecent consulting work includes: strategic business planning design and implementation; organizational chart design; online market research; qualitative interview assessments; online marketing strategies; philanthropic investment research; executive search assistance; digital design; youth and families research, youth development design and programming, and event planning.Kimberly Snodgrass graduated from the University of California, Irvine, majoring in Honors Social Science, Public and Community Service and earned a minor in Education. With her commitment to serving at-risk youth, Kimberly earned her Masters, from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2010 with a concentration in Risk and Prevention.
  8. 8. Theory of Change & DevelopmentalScienceWe get the term from theories and practices of human development from many well known scientists.-Urie Bronfenbrenner, Ecological Systems Theory-Luthar, Resilience-Cowen, WellnessGoogle them when you have time. . .
  9. 9. Urie Bronfenbrenner 1977 Model
  10. 10. Theory helps in planning research,developing your idea, andorganizing your facts.
  11. 11. Key Tips to Remember in Theory• Intersection of research and practice• The power of relationships
  12. 12. Social Program with Theory...• Program Goal & Program Activity• Micro Steps• OutcomesSources:-Weiss-Kellogg Theory Approach
  13. 13. Assumptions that get you fromhere to here... Micro-Steps!
  14. 14. Why the Theory of Change (TOC)?• Outcomes based approach• Document activities• Document inputs (which will design a budget usually)• Specific in detail (great for grants)Helpful note: Draw it out! Use paper. Use pen.
  15. 15. Example: State the ProblemCurrently, there are 542,000 children residing in foster care within the United States that are subjected to many forms of mistreatment (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2007). When children are taken away from their biological families, many have histories of significant maltreatment and trauma (Bruskas, 2008). Adolescent foster youth, for example, have a higher tendency to have difficulties in life.
  16. 16. Example: State the SolutionPurpose: REACH offers school and community based programs to create equal opportunities in education for foster youth. Breaking the cycle of homelessness and increasing the 50 % graduation rate. Peer leaders and staff create stable, strong support systems that predict positive outcomes.Make sure mission is MEASURABLE.
  17. 17. Theory Approach Logic Model• Inputs: Who is going to participate?• Activities: What will happen?• Outputs: What are the actions? Results?• Outcomes: What are the short-term outcomes?• Impact: What will we see in the longer term from your program?• Lets see REACHforyou.orgs example...
  18. 18. Sources-Bronfenbrenner, U. (1977). Toward an experimental ecology of human development. American Psychologist. 32, 513-531.-Weiss, C.H. (1995). Nothing as practical as good theory: Exploring theory-based evaluation for comprehensive community initiatives for children and families.-W. K. Kellogg Foundation (2004). Logic model development guide. Retrieved online. ub3669.pdf.
  19. 19. Olive Grove Consulting San Francisco, CAWe work with philanthropists, nonprofits, industry associations, government entities, and businesses who are intent on building a vibrant and just society. By delivering flexible, customized services and access to an extensive network of leading consultants and firms, we help our clients break through obstacles and make the most of opportunities to create the change they want to see.
  20. 20. Contact information:kim@olivegroveconsulting.com650-591-4155 x102Twitter:@kimsnodgrass@og_consult@reachforu
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