Model of change
A model or theory of change is a logical model that describes the causal links between an activity and its aims or impact. It is often divided into stages or interim outcomes, which combine and complement each other, eventually leading to tangible, measurable outcomes. This method spells out the assumptions that interventions are based on, and these assumptions can then be tested for their validity.
Measuring impact is very important for service providers and Safe Ground has always taken great care to investigate and evaluate how, if and why our programmes work; with whom, in what circumstances and what needs to change.
Our evolving Model of Change is a way of demonstrating what we have learnt over the years about the ‘hows’ and ‘whys’ of our methodology- and of exposing our belief in it to scrutiny, inside and outside the organisation. Our Model of Change and our programme designs are inuenced greatly by numerous practices and philosophies, theories and ideas. To name a few that are significant inuences in Safe Ground programmes: Attachment theory, Arts based practice, Dialogical art, Desistance Theory,
Adversity Activated Development, Maslow, Max-Neef, Theatre in Education and Paolo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed, bell hook’s Teaching to Transgress and the contributions to criminal justice, family relationships, social justice and development theories that continue to emerge.
The accompanying diagram aims to show the some of the key pillars of our programme design and how they
work to develop and support personal development as part of change in the people we work with.