Theory of Change
A ‘theory of change’
is a set of ideas and actions that provide the foundation for how a certain thing – such as reducing child abuse and neglect in Lane County – will happen.
It is the underpinning for the core beliefs, the key steps, the timeline, and the plan for tracking progress. It provides the framework for achieving a goal.
A complete theory of change for achieving 90by30 does not yet exist – a theory of change of this kind, actually, doesn’t exist in any community.
90by30 and our partners are in the ‘concept’ phase. We are working with hundreds of Lane County residents to design a plan that is developed by
a representative group of Lane County residents, that has wide and enthusiastic community support, and that leads to extensive county-wide involvement.
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At the same time, we are not starting from scratch. We have a great deal of local wisdom and experience, the benefit of extensive research knowledge,
and a working draft of core assumptions. These are the building blocks of our theory of change. Please review our beliefs
and assumptions listed below and let us know what you think.
OUR CURRENT THEORY OF CHANGE ASSUMPTIONS:
Wide Public Involvement
A locally-developed theory of change that is designed by a diverse group of Lane County residents is the best chance for reaching the 90by30 goal.
We believe that the general public should be central in both developing and in carrying out the plan – with support from agencies and government.
Toward this, we are borrowing ideas and strategies from the
Center for the Study of Social Policy and
Communities that Care.
How we work together is at least as important as who is involved. With this in mind, we are drawing from participatory
action attitudes and strategies like those at
Cornell, and from collaborative approaches that encourage
Being very familiar with research evidence and tracking our progress locally are key parts of building and refining our local map toward change.
We are studying and borrowing knowledge from research groups such as
Frontiers of Innovation with
Harvard’s Center on the Developing Child and
Community Partnerships for the Protection of Children.
We are also working with key partners to bring promising practices
to our community, such as child welfare’s
Green Dot Kentucky, and the
Front Porch Project.
We also are developing a plan to actively measure our progress and ‘indicators’ of change. Toward this, we are borrowing from
participatory action methods and
The University of Oregon’s
Center for Prevention of Abuse and Neglect,
where 90by30 is housed, is serving as the research hub for the 90by30 Initiative.
A Well-Coordinated, ‘Systems-Level’ Approach
90by30 is working to develop a ‘systems-level’ plan for child abuse reduction in Lane County.
Today, many excellent individual programs work with individuals and families, and have made important strides
in coordination of those efforts. 90by30 is working to build on those efforts, to develop a plan that more fully
involves the general public, and to develop a plan that more completely aligns all local efforts.
This leaves the real prevention of child abuse and neglect in the hands of us all, as a community.
Collective Impact provides a way to develop that intentional, well-coordinated, and mutually-reinforcing plan.
“Mutually-reinforcing” means that each individual and group that has pledged to be part of preventing child abuse and neglect in Lane County supports
not only our own efforts – but everyone else’s as well.
Collective Impact includes five steps toward developing a well-coordinated plan.
For 90by30, we added a sixth component - wide community involvement.
A Public Health Approach
90by30 has adopted a
prevention and public health framework
that includes research knowledge about risk and protective factors.
These elements of our theory of change are helping us to create a plan that gives us the best chance of success in the most efficient manner.
In addition to emphasizing a protective factors approach, we will over time borrow from the fields of
parenting education, and applied arts, among others.
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