Research Effectiveness meets Resilience

Feb, 2018

VICTORIA, CAN The Sustainability Research Effectiveness (SRE) team helped facilitate a Theory of Change workshop for a new Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight project entitled Youth-Centric Social Innovation: Gen Z and Climate Change. The project is led by the Resilience by Design Lab at Royal Roads University. The workshop brought together a group of 39 participants with diverse backgrounds and perspectives including First Nations, youth, educators, climate change researchers, and technology developers. The purpose of the two-day workshop was to launch the project and develop a preliminary theory of change.

Participants collectively identified the vision for the project, and discussed possible strategies and activities that would contribute to the achievement of outcomes toward that vision. The SRE team introduced theory of change concepts, demonstrated the utility of the concepts for research planning and evaluation, and helped facilitate discussion.  The ideas shared during the first session were brought together in a model specific to the project, which was presented by the SRE team on the second day of the workshop for further discussion and elaboration. Participant feedback to the preliminary theory of change model highlighted the representation of diverse perspectives and ideas, which will be valuable for the Lab’s collaborative work moving forward.

This project provided an interesting opportunity to explore the application of Theory of Change process to a truly transdisciplinary group at the inception of a project. The SRE team was exposed to new creative methods for stimulating discussion around the elements of the project within the Theory of Change framework.

Learn more about the work of the Resilience by Design Lab here.

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