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Six Models for Understanding Impact

Liz Ruedy

We often default to the assumption that our programs will lead to greater positive change over time. The rate of change may be incremental, exponential, or something else, but it’s always positive. The reality of what change looks like, however, depends on the status of the system in which we’re intervening. Is the system already in decline? If it is, then we may only avoid causing more damage. Is the system already improving? If so, then perhaps our interventions are just meant to speed that improvement up. This resource explores the six models of impact based on the context of your system.

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