Theory of Change

The fundamental philosophy that guides the Network is a commitment to continuous improvement, fostered by a culture of adaptive learning. The Network evaluates its activity on a number of different fronts: considerations about what it means to be successful, internally, as a network & collective impact initiative, but also what impact the existence of the Network is having on improving ECD outcomes.


Approach: Merging Collective Impact and Network Theory

The image below illustrates how the First 2000 Days Network links the Collective Impact Framework (with the Backbone Functions being led by the Backbone Team) with Network Theory (linking Change Leads to nodes of Change Collectives). 


The Network’s aim is to focus on how we work together to improve ECD outcomes, as much as on the what.

1. Collective Impact - informs the 'what':  Collective Impact is a framework to tackle deeply entrenched and complex social problems. It is an innovative and structured approach to making collaboration work across government, business, philanthropy, non-profit organizations and citizens to achieve significant and lasting social change.


2. Network Theory - informs the 'how':  A framework for understanding how to cultivate a network mindset to effectively build the capacity of networks to support social change.