In 2012 we published a ‘theory of change‘ that attempted to map how we thought our work might achieve change in the field of severe and multiple disadvantage. Our main aim was to surface the assumptions we were making about change and the hypotheses that underpinned our actions. We have since observed that ‘theory of change’ is a term with strong associations and allegiances, and that these were getting in the way of us communicating our work clearly. Hence we now simply refer to ‘our approach’.
This new draft is a radical rewriting of the 2012 version. It places more emphasis on how we approach change in a highly complex and uncertain environment. It is a live document that is continually evolving as we learn more. We want our thinking to be interrogated, challenged and improved. We offer it as a basis for dialogue with partners, as a jumping off point for mutual learning.