The ABLe change framework: a conceptual and methodological tool for promoting systems change

Am J Community Psychol. 2012 Jun;49(3-4):503-16. doi: 10.1007/s10464-011-9454-x.


This paper presents a new approach to the design and implementation of community change efforts like a System of Care. Called the ABLe Change Framework, the model provides simultaneous attention to the content and process of the work, ensuring effective implementation and the pursuit of systems change. Three key strategies are employed in this model to ensure the integration of content and process efforts and effective mobilization of broad scale systems change: Systemic Action Learning Teams, Simple Rules, and Small Wins. In this paper we describe the ABLe Change Framework and present a case study in which we successfully applied this approach to one system of care effort in Michigan.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration
  • Concept Formation*
  • Delivery of Health Care, Integrated / organization & administration*
  • Health Services Research
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Interviews as Topic
  • Michigan
  • Models, Organizational*
  • Organizational Case Studies
  • Organizational Innovation
  • Program Development / methods*