Systemic Change in 10 slides

by | Sep 7, 2016 | Formation, Systemic change | 2 comments

systemic-change-10-steps-facebookCould you explain Systemic Change in 10 slides?

This presentation can make the process simple for you.

What do you think? If you are beginning to put systemic change into action, please tell us— share that you’re doing it, any strategies you are using, and in what context. Let us know on our Facebook page or in the comments below, as a way of encouraging others to use similar creativity in their own projects.

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.


  1. Faith Colligan, DC

    John, thank you for such a succinct and accurate explanation of Systemic Change. I hope those overwhelmed/threatened by the terminology will come to terms with the ideas and bring necessary changes to their service provision.

  2. Roberto Bahamondes

    ‘Systematic Change’ is just two simple words, they just mean a different way to see poverty, a different way for us to love the needy and commit our selves to be part of someone’s difficult life. Mother Teresa once said, “you can not love the poor if you don’t inconvenience your self”. Inconvenience my self? yes, something very difficult for most us to do.

    Systematic change means to love those in need like your family, “I will do what ever I can but I will never allow my daughter to sleep with their children in a car” I will never allow my son to lay unconscious on the floor because he is a drug addict.”
    We can all implement Systematic Change but we choose not to be part of it, we are afraid, we just don’t know where to start.

    In our Conference we have initiated Systematic Change several Times, we have not been always successful, but every time, we made a difference on that persons life. We have pull homeless people of the bushes to live a normal life, we removed families from living in cars and hotel rooms to rented apartments and living normal lives.
    You have to inconvenience your self, you have to love those in need, you have to do everything in your power and beyond.
    Systematic Change works, “you” may be the only reason for not implementing this wonderful program.

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