Theory of Change

Awareness (of need/opportunity for participation)
Incentive (personal motivation)
Dialogue (to build confidence and relationships)
Training (enhance individual /organizational skills/capacity)
Bridging Support (connecting community members with agencies)
Readiness on the Part of the Receiver (Philosophical and Skills)
Impact (increased, sustained civic engagement with residents involved in the decisions that affect their lives)


Influencing Factors:

  • Group dynamics

  • Time needed to dedicate to activities

  • Policy climate against engagement (immigrant fears, religious and cultural divisions)

  • Resources available

  • Apathy (‘keep things status quo’)

  • Prevailing notion that systems know communities (‘we can take care of people because we know what’s best’)