Knowledge Brief: Harnessing the Capacity for Change
Published Dec 1, 2011, Models for Change Research Initiative
Organizational change requires more than good ideas. Organizations must also have thecapacity and resources necessary to reach the desired goals. In this project, the researchersinterviewed and surveyed organizations involved in Models for Change to assess theircapacity to implement and sustain change. They sought to understand what resourcescontribute to having capacity, how capacity is used, and the ways in which differentdimensions of capacity work together. From the study they identified five major dimensionsof capacity—finances, human resources, technology, stakeholder commitment, andcollaboration—and developed a model of how these dimensions interact, build on oneanother, and ultimately contribute to change. The more concrete capacities such as finances,human resources, and technology, the researchers found, can predict an organization’s abilityto collaborate with others to effect change.
This brief is one in a series describing new knowledge and innovations emerging from Models for Change, a multi-state juvenile justice initiative. Models for Change is accelerating movement toward a more effective, fair, and developmentally sound juvenile justice system by creating replicable models that protect community safety, use resources wisely, and improve outcomes for youths. The briefs are intended to inform professionals in juvenile justice and related fields, and to contribute to a new national wave of juvenile justice reform.