Crosswalk of Frameworks to Understand Systems Change

This resources presents a crosswalk of place-based systems change frameworks to identify their most comment elements. It can serve as a guide for funders, practitioners, and other stakeholders to inform their efforts to support, develop, or refine place-based systems change.

The crosswalk distills common elements of systems change, which the review team identified through a literature review and an evaluation of community-led systems change initiatives. It then maps these elements to 13 prominent systems change frameworks. Identified through a search of publicly available sources, the 13 frameworks draw from learning within philanthropic and nonprofit sectors and across multiple content areas, including early childhood, K–12, and postsecondary education; workforce and economic mobility; and diversity, equity, and inclusion.

About the Author

As the learning and evaluation partners for the P-16 Community Investment initiative—a three-year, five-community effort funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—Equal Measure and Mathematica produced a series of six resources and tools to help community stakeholders, funders, practitioners, and researchers understand and support the development of coherent, high-functioning, equity-centered place-based systems that span all sectors. Learn more about this project.