AEC Theory of Action Facilitation Guide

Theory of Action Facilitation Guide

Theory of Action/Theory of Change – From theory to practice….

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 […]

Theory of Change – Resources

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 […]

Linking Theory with Action – An example

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. […]

Theory of Action/Theory of Change – Basic steps…

 When to use This process is best used at the beginning of a program or initiative or as an initial step in setting up an evaluation. It is a powerful tool to surface assumptions and support critical thinking and reflection  while also strengthening planning processes and sharpening strategies. It also provides a framework for monitoring […]