Theory of Change
The partners in the GAPS Initiative believe that the pace of change on access issues must be accelerated if major ongoing gaps in equality of opportunity are to be addressed for young people across the globe by 2030, to use the yardstick of the new Sustainable Development Goals.
Access networks, policies and programs have shown their effectiveness at the local institutional and community level, and, in some cases, more broadly in state and national efforts. These examples can serve as change models by sharing knowledge and evidence-based policy and practice globally, adaptable and transferable as appropriate to local needs and aspirations.
Our theory of change holds that the best means of making a quantum leap in the scaling of effective policies and practices is to enable local capacity through a global network that leverages the knowledge and resources in the existing access community at various levels: peer-to-peer, institution to institution, system to system, and community to community.
Connectivity through the web and social media will provide a platform for the exchange of ideas and resources, and the organization of a series of world congresses and regional forums will further facilitate opportunities for global networking and multi-sectorial partnerships.
As this global network takes shape, network partners will begin to align their vision and objectives based on new insights gained from collaborative projects and begin to develop an agenda for collaborative action on a global scale.