We worked with Lankelly Chase to research the systems change landscape, and to demystify the topic for practitioners.
Systems change has been increasingly attracting the attention of those in the social sector who want to deal with the root causes of problems. But, despite the buzz, much of what is written is rather abstract and examples of success aren’t often shared. We worked with Lankelly Chase to research the subject in depth, and to demystify the topic for practitioners.
We undertook a wide-ranging review of the systems change landscape, including interviewing experts, reviewing key sources of literature, and convening an advisory group comprised of leading thinkers and practitioners who provided guidance and support throughout the research process. We used steering group sessions as a forum to debate and discuss our findings. It also provided a space for group members to learn and develop their own thinking on systems change.
The final report aims to shed light on the topic and help practitioners engage with systems change, both by clearly outlining what systems change is and by offering some practical principles to guide action.
The guide has been very well received, with over 1,000 downloads within the first week of its publication and positive comments on social media. We plan to build on this work in the future by bringing the topic into more of our events—such as our annual conference—and embedding it into our consulting and research practice.
Lankelly Chase is pleased to have supported the work by NPC to develop an accessible guide to systems change. One thing I like about the guide is that it shows that many of us are already thinking about systems change, it’s just that we might not label it as that.
Alice Evans, Director of Systems Change at Lankelly Chase