This presentation can make the process simple for you.
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Ten Principles to Facilitate Systemic Change
1. Vision: 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?”
2. Participation: Invite everyone to the table who has a stake in the outcome: administrators, staff, those living in poverty themselves.
3. Gather Data: Invite input from as many sources as possible to provide a clear picture of the situation.
4. Identify Root Causes: Look for the underlying factors which are causing the problem(s).
5. Network: Explore other agencies and/or persons who might have resources available; collaborate and engage in coalition building. Construct a shared vision with diverse stakeholders. For example, poor communities, interested individuals, donors, churches, governments, NGOs, the private sector, and the media.
6. 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.
7. Design: Design a project or program which will meet the needs of your situation and help to eliminate the root causes of poverty.
8. Implement: Put your project or program into action involving all stakeholders.
9. Evaluate: Create an evaluation process which engages all stakeholders; set up measurement criteria as an ongoing evaluation strategy.
10. Foster Transparency: Invite participation in all aspects of proposed projects.