This four-page primer from the Forum for Youth Investment introduces the core principles of a big picture approach to community change by explaining the five key steps for effective community change, identifying what distinguishes a big picture approach, and describing how that approach works across levels and aligns multi-level efforts.

A Big Picture Approach© to Community Planning and Action

What this is
The Forum for Youth Investment offers this package of training and tools to help partnerships implement and manage complex collaborative efforts to achieve systemic changes that improve outcomes at the community level.

The Big Picture Approach:

  • Takes a whole person or whole family perspective.
  • Takes a whole community perspective, promoting alignment with community actors and initiatives and working across silos.
  • Focuses on local diagnoses of root causes and on broad systems change.
  • Addresses immediate challenges as part of an aspirational strategy for long-term well-being.