Pennie Foster-Fishman

Pennie  Foster-Fishman
  • Professor
  • Psychology




Dr. Foster-Fishman's research interests primarily emphasize systems change, particularly how organizational, inter-organizational, community, and state systems can improve to better meet the needs of children, youth, and families. In her research and evaluation practice, Dr. Foster-Fishman is known for designing and applying innovative facilitation, team, and evaluation techniques that promote real-time learning, systems alignment, and participatory voice. To date she has published over 45 articles and book chapters that have examined how to effectively design and pursue change. Dr. Foster-Fishman also has over 25 years of experience as a systems, organizational and community change consultant. She has consulted with hundreds of public sector agencies, not-for-profit organizations, community and state-wide coalitions, and international, federal and state change initiatives aiming to improve their effectiveness and strategic alignment. She has worked closely with national foundations and state and federal funders to enhance their funding mechanisms and strategic approaches. Her frameworks for building collaborative capacity and for promoting systems change have been adopted by communities, coalitions, funders, and state and federal government agencies around the world. 



  • ABLe Change Framework
  • BC Pulse
  • Pulse Survey
  • Battle Creek Impact Academy
  • Ecological/Community