Action Evaluation Collaborative used Theory of Action, a “Best Practice” in outcomes mapping methodologies, to develop Palm Healthcare Foundation’s overall strategy for Healthier Together. The Theory of Action map illustrates the foundation’s overall expectations for the shorter, medium, and longer-term outcomes by building community capacity to realize neighborhoods health goals. For a more comprehensive overview of the Healthier Together change strategy, click to download Palm HealthCare Foundation’s Theory of Action Framework.
As demonstrated in the change strategy, building community capacity for action underpins the initiative and is a higher-level, long-term outcome in itself, which demonstrates a departure from traditional funding approaches aimed at achieving health outcomes. By strengthening the capacity of communities to build on opportunities and to address challenges through innovation and systemic solutions, social change can be realized, such as improved diabetes outcomes, improved behavioral health outcomes, and improved conditions for family caregivers, as well as more organized communities with strong leadership and engaged constituencies who are able to represent their interests in the process. Ultimately Healthier Together aims to leave in place the capacity to take action to improve quality of life in Palm Beach communities over the long-term.
All four fully engaged communities including Jupiter, Delray Beach, northern West Palm Beach and Boynton Beach have gone through a process to develop their own Theories of Action as well.