Theory of Change

APANO’s Theory of Change defines the impact we aim to make, and the individual, institutional and cultural steps or “shifts” we believe are necessary.  

Our Theory

APANO’s Theory of Change defines the impact we aim to make.

APANO’s Theory of Change identifies the individual, institutional, and cultural steps or shifts we believe are necessary. It is our pathway, uniting our complex web of organizing and advocacy activities in a coherent way that best leverages our strengths and resources to make significant, concrete change.

This is a living, working document that is regularly revisited by our board, staff, and members.

Our Impacts

  • We win concrete change for our communities.
  • All communities have the rights, resources and recognition to thrive.
  • API are fully engaged in the decisions that affect them, led by progressive, accountable API
  • Life outcomes are not tied to identity or social determinants of health.
  • We are able to grow and sustain a diverse, thriving neighborhood without displacement
See our latest impact reports here

Our Key Strategies

  • Base-Building Organizing & Cultural Work
  • Leadership & Political Development
  • Policy Advocacy and Civic Engagement Campaigns
  • Community & Economic Development

The Individual, Institutional, & Cultural Shifts Needed

At the Individual Level:

  • Cultivate a strong analysis of power and oppression.
  • Foster the ability to articulate core APANO values of racial justice, strong families and the social determinants of health.
  • Take increasing levels of leadership in APANO campaigns, inspiring new people to contribute their time and treasure.

At the Institutional Level:

  • Full inclusion and equitable representation of AAPI in all aspects of decision-making.
  • Be held accountable for AAPI communities.
  • Adopt policies to address disproportionate impacts to AAPI.
  • Equitable distribution of resources with a focus on culturally specific strategies
  • APANO is seen by the community as a hub for AAPI engagement.

At the Cultural Level:

  • AAPI are a core part of movements for justice, in solidarity with oppressed communities
  • Public values affirming the inherent worth and dignity of all people.
  • As a society, we address issues with an intersectional analysis
  • We challenge the model minority myth.
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