Theory of Change

Theory of Change for ESE Program

If we provide comprehensive technical education, facilitate access to local employment opportunities, and secure affordable housing for individuals in the re-entry process. We believe that the rate of recidivism will reduce to 0%, as participants will have the skills, resources, and stability needed to successfully reintegrate into society.


Breakdown of the Theory of Change

  1. Technical Education:
  • If we deliver targeted technical education programs tailored to the job market needs,
  • then participants will acquire the necessary skills and qualifications that make them competitive candidates for employment.
  1. Local Employment:
  • If we create partnerships with local employers and support participants in securing stable jobs,
  • then participants will gain financial independence and a sense of purpose, reducing the likelihood of returning to criminal activities.
  1. Affordable Housing:
  • If we ensure participants have access to safe, stable, and affordable housing,
  • then they will have a supportive living environment that encourages stability and continuous personal development.

Applying the Theory of Change to Our Employee Journey Map

To apply this theory of change effectively, it can be aligned with your employee journey map as follows:

  1. Pre-Entry (Preparation Phase):
  • Activities: Assess participants’ educational and employment history, identify skill gaps, and develop individualized education plans.
  • Outcomes: Participants enter the program with a clear understanding of their goals and the steps needed to achieve them.
  1. Entry (Program Initiation Phase):
  • Activities: Enroll participants in technical education courses, provide job readiness training, and begin the search for affordable housing.
  • Outcomes: Participants acquire new skills and knowledge, become job-ready, and secure initial housing arrangements.
  1. Engagement (Active Participation Phase):
  • Activities: Facilitate job placements, offer ongoing mentorship, and ensure continuous access to housing support.
  • Outcomes: Participants maintain employment, achieve financial stability, and sustain their housing situation.
  1. Exit (Completion Phase):
  • Activities: Conduct follow-up assessments, provide long-term support plans, and celebrate successes.
  • Outcomes: Participants transition out of the program with stable jobs, permanent housing, and reduced risk of recidivism.
  1. Post-Exit (Sustained Success Phase):
  • Activities: Offer alumni networks, continuous learning opportunities, and access to emergency support if needed.
  • Outcomes: Participants remain integrated into the community, continue personal and professional growth, and serve as role models for new entrants.

This framework ensures that each phase of your program contributes to the overall goal of reducing recidivism by addressing the critical needs of your focus population. By implementing this theory of change, you can more effectively measure your program’s success and make data-driven adjustments to improve outcomes continuously.

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