Shift power and perspectives for sustainable change.

Lots of funding, policy, research, and current practice is designed and structured to focus on issues (homelessness, offending, public health) or cohorts (unemployed people, refugees, young people). That’s a problem if you really want address root causes to drive inclusive, sustainable change.

We use place and systems change approaches to boundary complex problems and identify:

  • the root causes specific to a problem in a place or system
  • the way people are experiencing that problem
  • other relevant people and organisations in the place or system that can help solve the problem.

How we can help

“Our partnership with Renaisi has helped us breakdown systems change into accessible language and supported our women’s networks to articulate what change could look like. We welcome ongoing adaptations and look forward to continuing this work!”

Smallwood Trust

Our team can help you build the capacity to deliver, learn about or evaluate place-based and systemic change. We can also facilitate the change alongside you.

Our expertise is grounded in practical experience of people and places. We have delivered multi-sector initiatives, facilitated learning and built the capacity of organisations doing place-based or systemic work, and evaluated that change.  

We recognise that place-based and systemic work is innovative, long-term and complex, and that it often starts with one or two pioneers. We act as a bridge between those pioneers and the people that need to be persuaded to buy into change.

Our bespoke and cutting approach, usually involves six phases:

  1. Understanding the unique context of the place or system
  2. Intention setting to build a shared vision for change
  3. Connecting and developing equitable relationships
  4. Testing the approach and adapting to suit local or system needs
  5. Delivering, facilitating or advising on the change you want to make
  6. Ensuring a legacy that supports continued growth

A tool for systemic change

We believe there are three elements needed to create systemic change for an issue or a place.

We’ve learnt that each of these things is integral to making meaningful and lasting change, but that alone none of these are sufficient. You don’t have to do it all at once – any of these elements could be a good starting point (or next step) for an individual, organisation, partnership or system.

Those elements and how we can help you achieve them are listed here:

Deep and active collaboration Understanding the system and your role in itChanging what’s valued and accepted
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Bring people in a system togetherWith training and coaching in systems thinkingReflect on whose voices are heard in a system.
Map a system to understand how it’s workingRoot cause mapping and analysisCreate safe spaces to bring the system together and enable different voices to be heard
Develop collaborative strategies for changePower mapping and analysisUnderstand and analyse the narratives currently held – and intentionally shift these
Develop tools for collaborative learningAnalyse the existing work in your system
Plan new models for power and governance
Develop and implement learning frameworksCausal loop mapping and understanding system incentivesCodify the changes
Work with power and injustice
specialists to understand embedded causes of systemic issues


Start your journey towards inclusive sustainable change with our leading place-based and systemic change services. We’re here to help you move forward.

Beth Stout

Meet our team

Beth Stout

Associate Director of Place & Systemic Change

Lily O’Flynn

Principal Consultant for Place-based Evaluation & Learning (on parental leave mid-November 23 – September 24)