Theory of Change

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

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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’)