Research forms the foundation of Livelihood Project’s mission, operations and impact on the community. We believe in continuous learning based on applying structured frameworks to organic & emerging situations. While our mission and vision are based on the widely used Sustainable Livelihoods Framework, our product design and operations are influenced by the Trans-theoretical Model of Stages of Change. However since we are working on an emerging situation, we use the frameworks as a guideline to inform, guide, design and measure, but let the lives & ingenuity of people be the primary driver. Herein we will attempt to collate quality third-party research & publications on the evolving impact of automation and articificial intelligence on workplace. Thumbnails with link to source Brookfield report Future Skills Report from Canada Future Skills Report from Australia Research on Future Skills

Sustainable Livelihoods Framework

The name Livelihood Project was inspired by this framework for making and assessing impact. Sustainable Livelihoods framework has been expanded by Department of International Development, United Nations and others as a concept for poverty reduction and socio-economic self-reliance. This framework explores four contextual dimensions of poverty:
The vulnerability context:
Individual, circumstances and external systems
Capabilities, resources and entitlements
The Dynamic of Change:
Process of asset development and change towards a livelihood
The policy and Institutional Context:
Institutions and policies that shape up livelihoods
policy and institutional

Sustainable Livelihoods framework is an asset-mapping tool used to understand poverty from the perspective of vulnerable individuals or communities. The framework provides a checklist of five broad ranges of assets, i.e. personal, social, financial, physical and human capital. The framework then considers how these assets impact individual’s current livelihood and what interventions may reduce vulnerability and result in sustainable livelihood outcomes. Sustainable Livelihoods framework has been successfully adapted to tackle socio-economic challenges such as women’s economic development initiative by the Canadian Women’s Foundation and provision of immediate support for non-camp Syrian refugees in Turkey by Danish Refugee Council. It is worthwhile nothing that, as a conceptual framework, Sustainable Livelihoods does not provide tools for impact measurement. However, it serves as a design guide for a measurable program.

The Stages of Change Model

The service offerings and operations of Livelihood Project are modeled on this theory and its application for Employment Services The Stages of Change (SOC) or Trans-theoretical Model provides a framework to understand how people make behavioral changes and what strategies can motivate them to move forward in the change process. The SOC model was originally proposed by Prochaska and DiClemente after their interviews with self-changers and their discovery of a natural progression towards making a change. SOC model is constructed of four elements:
  1. Stages of Change – divides the process of behavior change into distinct segments
  2. Process of Change – represents experiences that sustain progress towards change
  3. Critical Markers of Change – tracks individual’s motivations and confidence
  4. Context of Change – factors that help or hinder progress towards change
Within SOC model, change is viewed as a stepwise and gradual process. Given that most people are resistant to change, the core idea behind SOC model is how to guide and motivate these people to become change ready.
Health behavior change

The Stages of Change Model for Employment Services

The Opportunities for Change, a nonprofit organization in Manitoba, introduced the application of the SOC model to employment services in 2003. Their results demonstrated significant increases in first time employment numbers and six-month employment retention. Given the high impact of SOC-based assessments and interventions, Livelihood project is implementing the SOC model into its career-coaching program. With the application of digital technology, Livelihood Project solution assesses individual’s stages of change, skills and motivations which are then used to create a behavioral-based career road map. To motivate individuals to move forward through the change process and become job ready, Livelihood program introduces two forms of interventions:
intervenes with alerts and notifications and further provides post-employment follow-ups with regards to career satisfaction and continuing education.
attitudinal training, vocational education and practical workplace immersion

The Stages of Change Wheel: stages and interventions to use with each stage

the stages of change
The stages of change research study (an employment development project), Opportunities for Employment, 2010