A visual we put together a number of years ago that illustrates some key concepts in theories of change for Social Justice work. We have found this to be helpful for understanding what to explore in evaluation projects, as well narrating the significance of findings in a context of longer-term change. Theories – Social Justice […]
Rethinking Development, Aid, Social Change (including role of evaluation) Books: Aid on the Edge of Chaos: Rethinking International Cooperation in a Complex World, Ramalingam, Ben. The Limits of Institutional Reform in Development, Andrews, Matt Navigating Complexity in International Development: Facilitating Sustainable Change at Scale, Danny Burns (Author), Stuart Worsley (Author). The Politics of Evidence and […]
Theory of Action Facilitation Guide
A collection of resources on impact evaluation, with a particular emphasis evaluating complex social change and transformative development processes. Includes alternative and emerging approaches, and current debates around the politics of defining value.
Much of our work as evaluators and capacity builders integrates an approach called Theory of Action (ToA). ToA is similar to Theory of Change (ToC), and in practice there is often little difference between the two in implementation. Generally, ToA provides some boundaries to the process and focuses on an organization, initiative or program’s particular role […]
A Review of the Use of ‘Theory of Change’ in International Development (UK Dept. of Int’l Development) Actknowledge (an organizations in the US making important contributions to the mainstreaming of ToC) and their online tool – TOCO New Philanthropy Capital guide to ToC An excellent collection of resources on ToC by the Hivos Knowledge Programme Just Associates […]
Background: We recently conducted a Theory of Action process with a capacity building organization, the Progressive Technology Project (PTP), which works with political organizing and social movement groups in the U.S. The group wanted to develop their Theory of Action, but also have a very focused discussion linking the process to decision-making over the next couple years. […]