How do we get to the heart of an issue? What is the root cause of homelessness, crime, health inequality, and youth poverty? To achieve real change it’s not enough to focus solely on the issue at hand. We need to look at the whole system.
Systems change is about how our society is structured. By understanding the complexity of the environment you are working in, and the systems you are part of, you stand a much greater chance of securing lasting change.
Thinking Big is our guide to using theory of change for systems change, with five ways to succeed and five pitfalls to avoid. We also run regular training sessions to help you put this guidance into practice.
Coronavirus has shown us just how integral systems change is, and why we need to bring it out of the clouds and into the mainstream. If you’re keen to support research into how systems change can meet other social challenges we’d love to hear from you.
Featured resources on systems change
Understanding systems change
Six myths demystified
Systems change: A guide to what it is and how to do it
Systems change has been attracting the attention of those in the social sector who want to deal with the root causes of problems. This guide has been produced to plug a gap in the systems change literature—providing accessible material and recommendations for action.
Thinking big: How to use theory of change for systems change
Applied well, theory of change can support charities and funders to take a systemic approach to their work. This report identifies five common pitfalls when using theory of change, and walks through five rules that will help organisations to use the approach to tackle complex problems.
Fozia Irfan: What will it take to shift power in grantmaking?
To mark our 20th birthday, we spoke with Fozia Irfan to ask: What will it take to shift power in grantmaking?
Hannah Paterson and Yasmin Ibison: What place for participation in grant-making?
To mark our 20th birthday, we spoke with Hannah Paterson and Yasmin Ibison to ask: What place for participation in grant-making?
Talk to us
Have a question, comment, or want to work with us on systems change? Get in touch with Seth Reynolds NPC’s Systems Change Principal.Get in touch
Organisations we've worked with
We worked with Lankelly Chase to research the systems change landscape, and to demystify the topic for practitioners.
Fulfilling Lives Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham
Fulfilling Lives LSL contracted NPC, Groundswell, and CRESR at Sheffield Hallam University as research and learning partners.