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March 2008Vol. 9, No. 2Special Issue on Systems Change Research

Systems change is the focus of the June 2007 issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology. This special issue draws on new research to provide conceptual and methodological tools for practitioners involved in designing, implementing, and assessing social change. Articles of interest include the following:

  • "Putting the System Back into Systems Change: A Framework for Understanding and Changing Organizational and Community Systems" (by Pennie G. Foster-Fishman, Branda Nowell, and Huilan Yang) provides a framework for identifying and understanding system parts and interdependencies that can help explain system functioning and leverage systems change.
  • "Lessons Learned in Systems Change Initiatives: Benchmarks and Indicators" (by Mary Kreger, Claire D. Brindis, Diane M. Manuel, and Lauren Sassoubre) discusses collaboratives as engines of social change and the establishment of benchmarks and indicators of systems change.
  • "Changing Systems by Changing Individuals: The Incubation Approach to Systems Change" (by Susan L. Staggs, Marlita L. White, Paul A. Schewe, Erica B. Davis, and Ebony M. Dill) describes and evaluates the incubation approach to systems change in which a change agent collaborates with project staff to "incubate" feasible and warranted change in target systems.
  • "Developing Operating Principles for Systems Change" (by Teresa R. Behrens and Pennie G. Foster-Fishman) proposes five operating principles for systems change work.

This issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology is available for purchase online: