Over years of learning from the collective wisdom of communities across Aotearoa, we’ve developed our own theory about how sustainable change happens using a community-led development approach. 

This theory is grounded in practical experience with the purpose of guiding effective action.

All communities have the ability to thrive, but effective change is dynamic, messy and complex. There is no perfect plan! Our theory of change outlines the phases of change and the transitions between them. Please share this theory and use it as a resource in your work. Let us know what you think.

The Quadrants of Change framework is another framework that we have found really useful in our CLD work. To achieve sustainable change in communities, there are four key dimensions of change to consider: personal, relational, structural and cultural. Any successful and lasting community-change work needs to tap into each area over the course of the change process.

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