Solving workforce problems requires seeing the whole picture, in all of its complexity. It means making connections among organizations, policies, and mindsets. Systems thinking helps identify the right thing to work on — to address what is preventing a problem from being solved. Systems change strategies go beyond symptoms and seek to treat causes, examining the underlying conditions of power and relationships that are driving events. Such strategies can be a critical step to help communities systematically address racial disparities.
Systems change enables small improvements in practice to reach scale by sustaining those improvements over time. National Fund partner communities are reaching substantial scale by altering workforce development policies and business practices to impact substantially more individuals.