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Dimensions of Change - A Model for Community Change Efforts

November 8, 2012

Key PointsThe Dimension of Change Model (DOCM), developed by the authors, is offered as a potentially useful tool for foundations, government, bodies,consultants, coalitions, and even individual organizations that are initiating or engaged in substantive efforts to bring about community change.The dimensions contained in the model - structure, parameters, intention, approach, and people - offer a frame for addressing key aspects that emerge from the literature as fundamental to all change efforts. The model is offered as a way to design, implement, adapt, and evaluate change initiatives.The work of First 5 Marin Children and Families Commission in Marin County is used as an example to stimulate reflection and discussion about such initiatives. Lessons learned through First 5 Marin's experience as a change agent are offered and augmented by the literature on change initiatives.

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