Our Program Framework

The Marshman Foundation is the research and development arm of Generation Thrive, providing thought leadership and support to protect the integrity and fidelity of our programs and services.

Personal Leadership

We measure personal leadership using Levenson's Locus of Control.

Personal Leadership = an optimal Locus of Control, where people take personal accountability for their life outcomes and respond adaptively to things that are outside their control.

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In 2017 we developed our Program Logic Model for Thrive Personal Leadership Program to define the outcomes, such as improved wellbeing, raised aspirations and employability.

In 2018 we began testing the model's assumptions to determine if the program achieves its intended outcomes. They do.

Our programs and services are developed based on extensive research in the fields of:

- Positive psychology

- Cognitive psychology

- Behaviour therapy

- Habit formation and neuroscience

- Developmental psychology

- Transformational learning theory

- Personal development theory

- Motivational theory

- Philosophy

Download Our Program Logic Model

4 Big Decisions

The 4 Big Decisions are a fundamental component of our programs. Here we explain the theory underpinning some of the core tools and concepts in the context of the 4 Big Decisions.

  • Decide to be happy

    Drawing from Positive Psychology we know that identifying one's positive attributes and verbalising them through affirmations improves wellbeing. Using what psychologists call the "best possible self" we improve optimism via a simple visualisation exercise. Acts of Kindness and Gratitude activities heighten one's sense of fortune and can clinically reduce depression.

  • Decide to goal plan

    Rooted in Goal Planning Theory from the school of Motivation, this suite of tools helps young people to set specific and challenging goals that are proven to improve performance. Together with appropriate feedback from coaches this leads to raised aspirations, better organisation skills and a road map for achievement.

  • Decide to send stars

    Drawing from Social Learning Theory we know that the program's Communication Tools are effective in improving relationships and self-image through the "norm of reciprocity". Participants also learn to negotiate win-win conflict resolution solutions via specific tools and techniques.

  • Decide to grow

    Combining Personality Theory, Motivational Theory and Cognitive Behaviour approaches, our trainers help young people to take responsibility for their own outcomes. Breaking the cycle of negative self-belief and using techniques of graded exposure to increasingly step outside their comfort zone, they start to see their future differently and the world sees them more positively.

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Continuous Improvement

Using our suite of measures and the global evidence base, the Marshman Foundation continually test the assumptions around the short and long term impact of our programs and services.

Thrive Personal Leadership Program

Thrive Personal Leadership Program not only raises participants aspirations, providing them with goal planning, motivation and communication strategies, but assists in building enterprise skills such as digital literacy and critical and creative thinking. The online delivery model is built to suit the needs of participants in education, work and life.

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