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Erin & Pennie
Erin Watson and Pennie Foster-Fishman of Michigan State University
The ABLe Change Framework is a model designed to help communities more effectively address the significant social issues affecting children, youth, and families. The model is based upon the premise that communities can achieve transformative results when they:
    • make local system and community conditions the intentional targets of their change initiatives
    • pursue the effective implementation of their efforts
    • build a community engagement infrastructure that supports real-time learning and action across diverse stakeholders and sectors
Developed by Drs. Pennie Foster-Fishman and Erin Watson at Michigan State University, the ABLe Change Framework draws upon research from the successes and failures of prior organizational, community, service system, and international change efforts. The ABLe Change Framework is a dynamic model of change that is adaptive to local conditions, providing stakeholders with the flexibility they need to effectively address targeted community problems. This model is currently being used in several states to support their efforts to build effective early childhood systems so all children enter school ready to learn.  
The ABLe Change Framework is organized around 6 “simple rules” that, when pursued together, transform how community stakeholders work and learn together. The Able Change Simple Rules  include: 
1. Think Systemically
2. Engage Diverse Perspectives
3. Incubate Change
4. Implement Change Effectively
5. Adapt Quickly
6. Pursue Social Justice
On this website, you'll find more information about the Simple Rules and tools to assist you in the Systems Change process.

The content on this website is intended to complement ABLe Change Training and as such the target audience is participants in ABLe Change offerings.  Materials are copyrighted by Michigan State University. You may not distribute, copy or otherwise reproduce any portion of these materials without permission. 

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