Five Criteria of Systemic Change Projects
  1. Long-range social impact: the project helps change the overall life-situation of those who benefit from it.
  2. Sustainability: the project helps create the social structures that are needed for a permanent change in the lives of the poor.
  3. Replicability: the project can be adapted to solve similar problems in other places, in a variety of circumstances.
  4. Scope: the project has spread beyond its initial context and has been used successfully in other settings.
  5. Innovation: the project has brought about significant social change by transforming traditional practice.

An Introduction

Society as a System

When elements that influence the lives of people within a societal system — family, institutions, jobs, housing, food and drink, health care, education, moral values, spiritual development, and more — function together positively, people thrive. If one or several of these elements are lacking, the whole system begins to break down.

Changing Structures – Changing Lives

In works among the poor, our focus must be broader than any one particular problem; we must aim beyond providing food, clothing and shelter to alleviate immediate needs. Systemic change focuses on assisting the poor to change the overall structures within which they live. It looks to their being able to develop strategies by which they can emerge from poverty.

Scripture Passages

Nehemiah 5:1-13, Psalm 12:5, Isaiah 11:4, Psalm 72:13-14, Romans 12:2, Deuteronomy 16:20, Jeremiah 22:16, Ecclesiastes 5:8-9



Source: Maloney

Definition

The leadership of the Vincentian Family in North America have adopted this definition:

Systemic Change among those living in poverty aims beyond providing food, clothing, shelter and alleviating immediate needs. It enables people themselves to engage in the identification of the root causes of their poverty and to create strategies, including advocacy, to change those structures which keep them in poverty. Systemic Change requires transforming attitudes.


Systemic Change Toolkits

The Vincentian Family’s International Commission for Promoting Systemic Change has made available the documents, videos, and PowerPoint presentations used in their Systemic Change Workshops. They are available in English, Español, Portuguese, Français, Polski, Italiano, and Deutsch.

Systemic Change Toolkits
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Concepts of Systemic Change Mini-Course

Learn the key concepts of Systemic Change in an easy-to-follow, visual format. To begin, select a language:

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Tips and Suggestions for Systemic Change Trainers

As a trainer, you don’t have to know everything, but you do have a responsibility to know:

  1. The goal of your training session
  2. Your audience
  3. Your biases
  4. Your resources/ technology

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Quotes

“You must not be content with tiding the poor over the poverty crisis; you must study their condition and the injustices which brought about such poverty with the aim of a long term improvement.”
–Frederic Ozanam, 19-year-old founder of the St. Vincent de Paul Society

The poor sometimes suffer more from lack of “order” than from lack of charitable persons.
–St. Vincent (SV XIII, 423)

“Action on behalf of justice, and participation in the transformation of the world, are integral elements in the preaching of the gospel.”
–Synod of Bishops, 1971, Justice in the World in MS LX III ( 1971) 924



Related Links

Downloadable Documents

Systemic Change Toolkits
Systemic Change Strategies Download Word doc
“Systemic Change and the Poor” presented by Fr. Robert Maloney Download pdf file



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Background and Notion of Systemic Change
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Tips & Suggestions for Systemic Change Trainers
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Systemic Change Comic Books
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Changing Systems – Changing Lives: by Caroljean Willie, SC
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Fr. Pedro Opeka: Social Change in Madagascar
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D.R.E.A.M.
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Going With God’s Flow
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Service vs. Justice
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The “See, Judge, Act” Process
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Celebrating Saint Vincent and Saint Louise with Poor People
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Ocoa Dominican Republic: Systemic Change Example
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Vincentian Family Gathering, Detroit 2009
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