Transformative outcomes: Practical tools to empower and scale system change

Estimated Time
45 minutes
Resource Type
TIPC Region

How can projects, programmes and policies orientated towards system change be made more transformative?

This is an extract from a TIPC Open Learning Series event in November 2021, in which TIPC contributors and participants from research, policy and practice explore why a redirection of policy is needed and how it is possible. The extract features reflections and questions from participants and presentations from Johan Schot and Bipashyee Ghosh, covering how 12 transformative outcomes can be used to help:

  • evaluate the transformative nature of new and existing projects, programmes and activities;
  • guide the change process towards sustainable alternatives to dominant practices; and
  • stretch our own thinking to overcome transformational failure.



This was an interactive session, with a facilitated learning exercise led by Carla Alvial Palavicino (this part and the group exercises are not part of the recording). Our thanks to participants at the Open Learning Series event for their insights, group contributions and questions.


Alvial Palavicino, C., Ghosh, B., Schot, J., Shaw, V. (2021) Transformative outcomes: Practical tools to empower and scale system change. Available at

Reflections on TIPC use

‘Today’s societal and environmental challenges demand deep changes in our economies and societies, and new rationales and processes for policy making. There is ongoing transformational activity – across civil society, industry and the public sector – but is it transformative enough?’

‘The world seems to agree that to address the SDGs, we need to focus on transformative change. The big question is how? The transformative outcomes, while academically grounded, are also a useful compass for practitioners. They help to navigate transformations in their projects and programs’

– Bipashyee Ghosh and Johan Schot, TIPC, 2021

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