Theory of Change  

The Theory of Change approach, demands a radical shift towards more and better learning in development thinking and practice. At its most basic, a theory of change explains how a group of early and intermediate accomplishments sets the stage for producing long-range results, but a full theory of change process involves more than this. A more complete theory of change articulates the assumptions about the process through which change will occur, and specifies the ways in which all of the required early and intermediate outcomes related to achieving the desired long-term change will be brought about and documented as they occur. The approach can be used for organizations of all shapes and sizes and shapes. It is often represented in a diagram or chart (logic model), but a full theory of change process involves more than this.

The following is a collection of resources that are expected to shed more light on the TOC approach, how to develop a TOC, and provide some best practices.

Theories of Change in international development

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Link: This event built on recent research on Theory of Change approaches, as part of the Justice and Security Research (JSRP) and The Asia Foundation (TAF) collaboration (Stein and Valters, 2012; V...

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Issued on 2015.
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How to facilitate a ToC process and help to develop ToC capacities?

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These Notes are based on our collective experiences in facilitating diverse Theory of Change (ToC) processes – short, long, theoretical, practical, for planning, monitoring, and/or evaluation.

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Creating your theory of change: NPC’s practical guide

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This guide aims to help the reader through theory of change process and gives support to produce something that strengthens the design and delivery of projects, and gives confidence in the approach...

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THEORY OF CHANGE - The Centre of Development Innovation - Link

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Link: Different organizations think quite differently about the term ‘theory of change’. On this portal, ‘theory of change’ (ToC) refers to the understanding an organization, project, network or gr...

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Theories of Change Time for a radical approach to learning in development

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The paper outlines the growing and diverse ways in which
Theory of Change approaches are understood, and highlights throughout examples of the organizational use of Theories of Change, each of whi...

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The Community Builder’s Approach to Theory of Change: A Practical Guide ...

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The Community Builder’s Approach to Theory of Change: A Practical Guide to Theory Development is for planners and evaluators who are going to facilitate a process for creating a theory of change wi...

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Six Theory of Change Pitfalls to Avoid

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Many organizations report having a theory of change, but simply putting boxes and lines down on paper does not guarantee that your organization will make better decisions. This report illustrates s...

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Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Chang...

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A 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the Frontiers of Innovation community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families. It describes the need to focus on bu...

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Review of the use of ‘Theory of Change’ in international development

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Theory of Change is being increasingly used in international development by a wide range of governmental, bilateral and
multi-lateral development agencies, civil society organizations, internation...

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Theory of Change Thinking in Practice: A stepwise approach

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A theory of change approach can be used for different purposes, by different users, and at different moments in the cycle of developing, monitoring, reviewing or evaluating a program or strategy. T...

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What is this thing called 'Theory of Change'?

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A link to USAID Learning Lab Notes that gives an introduction to the concept of ToC and refer to additional resources for persons wishing to immerse themselves in the subject

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Theories of Change in International Development: Communication, Learning...

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This paper seeks to address a critical gap in understanding the actual effects of using a Theory of Change approach and considers how the approach may be better understood, if its aim is to improve...

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ToC Reflection Notes 4: Visualising your theory of change: a must?

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This note is based on the authors’ collective experiences in working with organizations to develop their theory of change (ToC). It focuses on the role of visualization in the ToC process. It aims ...

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Theory of change basics: A primer on theory of change.

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Theory of change can be both a planning and issue framing tool and a monitoring and evaluation tool. In articulating long-term outcomes, preconditions, and interventions, ToC forms the basis of vis...

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