Ten steps toward systemic change

by | Jan 19, 2013 | Vincentian Family | 1 comment

Sr. CJ Wille, SC has drafted a list of 10 steps towards systemic change. Which steps cause you the most difficulties?


Have a holistic vision that addresses both individual and social needs, as well as spiritual and physical needs. Clearly articulate your hopes and dreams. Ask the question: “Where do we want to go?”


Invite everyone to the table who has a stake in the outcome: administrators, staff, those living in poverty themselves.

Gather Data

Invite input from as many sources as possible to provide a clear picture of the situation.

Identify Root Causes

Look for the underlying factors which are causing the problem(s).


Explore other agencies and/or persons who might have resources available; collaborate and engage in coalition building. Construct a shared vision with diverse stakeholders: poor communities, interested individuals, donors, churches, governments, NGOs, the private sector, and  the media.

Capacity Building

Provide training and resources to all participants to enhance their ability to participate in their own development, both as individuals and as members of the organization.


Design a project or program which will meet the needs of your situation and help to eliminate the root causes of poverty.


Put your project or program into action involving all stakeholders.


Create an evaluation process which engages all stakeholders; set up measurement criteria as an ongoing evaluation strategy.

Foster Transparency

Invite participation in preparing budgets and in commenting on financial reports, while promoting good money management and maintaining careful controls over the use of assets.

See the following list of other resources for systemic change

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