2. Building the Foundations

Welcome to Building the Foundations! This phase of the Collaborative Change Cycle
is about becoming more open to working together, building a shared understanding of the system, brokering agreement that business as usual is not enough to make large scale impact, and partnering with community as the foundation for change.

 

What you might see 

  • Collaborators calling out each other’s assumptions and bringing in other community voices;
  • Collaborators demonstrating to themselves and others the value of working in partnership and of working differently; 
  • Collaborators understanding the value of sharing data with each other to reflect on the community situation and generating insights and evidence for collaborative action;
  • Collaborators identifying and prioritising gaps in the community system;
  • Collaborators understanding the role of measurement and learning in the initiative and developing their data literacy. 

 

 

What you can do 

  • Consider the principles that will inform how the collaboration will measure and learn. These will help to clarify your intent and will contribute to a shared way of working and will likely be adjusted as the collaboration matures;
  • Develop an evidence-based community narrative by facilitating a process to identify the community’s concerns, interests and aspirations, and mapping existing data to the narrative;
  • Make sense of available data (qualitative and quantitative) by developing a systems map. This can contribute to the ‘case for change’;
  • Create an evidence-based ‘case for change’ using the evidence-based community narrative. This provides a justification to the initiative, the community and others for change;
  • Develop and include reflective processes to support the learning, design, implementation and communication efforts of the initiative. This should include what’s worked well, what hasn’t worked, and how challenges have been overcome;
  • Use participatory techniques for the above (and any other) actions. This will lead to better information, contribute to building the partnership, and connect partners with the community.

Measurement Tools & Resources

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Journey Mapping

This resource supports practitioners to think through key moments for community members as they participate in the initiative being developed (e.g. from first contact, to participation, to leadership).

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The Iceberg Model

This resource identifies different levels of thinking and intervention regarding systems, emphasising that most of what occurs, particularly root causes, sit below the surface.

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Guide to Actor Mapping

This resource provides detailed instructions for practitioners to create an actor map, which is a visual depiction of the key organizations and individuals that influence a topic or system.

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ORID

This resource is a framework for focused conversations with groups in order to reach agreement and/or clarify differences.

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