A Framework For Learning And Results In Community Change Initiatives

Imagine. Act. Believe

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

January 1, 2006


This community change guide captures, distills and uses community knowledge, data, resident voice and other information in ways that assure accountability to improved results for children and families. It outlines how Making Connections sought to help communities evaluate and refine their work using a “learning while doing” approach. In this report, communities can learn how to measure, assess and learn from their work, staying  accountable not only to better long-term results for vulnerable children and families but to the community-driven vision and processes needed to generate those results. 

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

Conditions for community change

Essential elements of learning in the context of a community change initiative include creating a vision for change, creating a theory of change, measuring and evaluating the change, creating knowledge for others and creating knowledge-based tools.

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Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations