Why Acting is Important
Now you need to decide what to do and how to do it. This is the act phase. This is when you develop a comprehensive strategy, which is a coordinated set of activities designed to address each problem objective you identified during the think phase.
Here are the overall steps in this phase:
- Define your objectives, and organize them by using the tool, Organizing and Understanding Objectives.
- Design a strategy that matches your problem, your capabilities and resources, and your environment. Your strategy should be in line with the toolbox’s principles of systems change.
- With limited capabilities, choose the set of changes that will have the most impact (i.e., those you’re most likely to influence given your reach and resources). Make sure the actions match what you or your organization is uniquely positioned to do.
Act Phase in Practice
Atlanta CareerRise is acting to transform the local workforce board system by coordinating a multistakeholder, human-centered design process. This process brings the client perspective into the daily decisions and actions of hundreds of system actors.
Tools You Can Use in the Act Phase
Cultivate Influence in Your Community
Get tactics for boosting your influence and impact.Go to Cultivate Influence in Your Community
Conduct Effective Focus Groups
Review high-level guidance on how to run a focus group and gather applicable insights.Go to Conduct Effective Focus Groups
Communicate Complex Problems
Review suggestions for how to effectively communicate systems change work and the problems you’re trying to solve.Go to Communicate Complex Problems
Review guidance on successful facilitation of meetings, particularly virtual meetings.Go to Facilitate Successfully
See an approach to collaborative decision-making that is just and equitable.Go to Achieve Consensus
Act Phase Resources
Regional and Community Case Studies
View demonstrations of systems change in various National Fund regional workforce collaboratives.Go to Regional and Community Case Studies
Five Equity Reports
See how cities documented the impact of workforce inequities and analyzed findings from disaggregated data.Go to Five Equity Reports
Four Stories of Systems Change
Review examples of systems change work from members of the National Fund network, specifically those focused on improving economic mobility.Go to Four Stories of Systems Change