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A Twenty-First Century Approach to Community ChangePartnering to Improve Life Outcomes for Youth and Families in Under-Served Neighborhoods$
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Paula Allen-Meares, Tina R. Shanks, Larry M. Gant, Leslie Hollingsworth, and Patricia L. Miller

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190463311

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190463311.001.0001

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Theories of Change

Theories of Change

Creating and Going Forward

(p.80) 5 Theories of Change
A Twenty-First Century Approach to Community Change

Leslie Hollingsworth

Larry M. Gant

Oxford University Press

Abstract: This chapter describes how the University of Michigan School of Social Work’s Technical Assistance Center (UMSSW/TAC) developed its theory of change as a partner in the Skillman Foundation-funded Detroit Good Neighborhoods initiative. The definition of a theory of change accepted was of “a specification of what must be done to achieve the desired goals, what other important impacts may also be anticipated, and how these goals and impacts would be generated.” The chapter discusses the processes in the creation of iterations of Foundation and UMSSW/TAC theories of change. The chapter concludes with the benefits, limitations, issues, and challenges of aligning logic models with the varied expectations and goals of residents, funding foundations, and university partners.

Keywords:   theories of change, university–foundation community partnerships, embedded foundations, logic models, Skillman Foundation, Technical Assistance Center, templates for theory of change

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