At SAYes we aim to inspire and inform leaders of social change.
As with many organisations in the developmental sector we want to understand how best to improve a large number of lives using the most efficient and effective levers for change. In this respect the most common approach is usually some combination of information, opportunities and resources. The challenge though, is that by themselves these things do not typically inspire social change.
Consider this for a moment in the context of your own life. Is access to a gym the best explanation for the state of your exercise routine? Is knowledge about nutrition the best explanation for your choice mid-morning snack? Change is hard, even when we are conscious of and enthusiastic about the process.
At SAYes we think of social change as a relationship-driven process. In other words we think that whatever the nature of an intervention – exercise, healthy eating, school attendance, job readiness, inclusiveness, gender equality – impact can be vastly improved if the intervention is delivered within the context of a supportive and strategic relationship. Transition Mentors leverage the power of social motivation and strategic planning to help us do good better.
The theory of change for all programmes run on the Transition to Independent Living (TIL) platform is fundamentally social motivation. It is the motivation and strategic direction created through the mentoring relationship that converts information, opportunities and resources into successful and fulfilling transitions.
We are continually testing and refining our theory of change as well as our logic model using the best methods available.