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Blog19th May, 2017
Many evaluations include a process of developing logic models and theories of change – an explanation of how the activities of a program, project, policy, network or event are expected to contribute to particular results in the short-term and longer-term. They have been used for many years - versions can be seen in Carol Weiss’ 1972 book "Evaluation research: methods for assessing program effectiveness" - and they have been mainstreamed in many organisations
EventWorkshop11th April, 2017 to 12th April, 2017South AfricaPaid
Southern Hemisphere will be offering a Theory of Change Training Workshop in Cape Town on 11 – 12 April 2017. The course is designed for people working in the development sector or Government who want to get to grips with Theory of Change.
Dylomo is a free, web-based tool that can be used to create interactive, online logic models. Its development involved a user-testing experience at the Canadian Evaluation Society conference in St. John's, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada in June 2016, and was demonstrated at the Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Perth, Australia, 2016.
Blog22nd July, 2016
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I’m wanting to do an impact evaluation. What kinds of theories should I use for developing a theory of change?
This practice paper from IDS captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.
The literature in this area highlights much of the complexity inherent in the policymaking process, as well as the challenges around finding meaningful ways to measure research uptake. As a tool, ‘theories of change’ offers much, but the paper argues that the very complexity and dynamism of the research-to-policy process means that any theory of change will be inadequate in this context. Therefore, rather than overcomplicating a static depiction of change at the start (to be evaluated at the end), incentives need to be in place to regularly collect evidence around the theory, test it periodically, and then reflect and reconsider its relevance and assumptions.
The Qualitative Impact Assessment Protocol (QuIP) is an impact evaluation approach that draws on Contribution Analysis. QuIP studies serve to provide an independent reality check of a predetermined theory of change which helps stakeholders to assess, learn from, and demonstrate the social impact of their work. QuIP’s approach places project beneficiaries’ voices at the centre of the evaluation, enabling them to share and feedback their experiences in an open, credible, and respectful way.
Synonyms:TOC Software,Evaluation Option
There are a number of options when it comes to using software to help create a logic model. These range from generic word processing tools (Word, Powerpoint, or their Google Doc or Mac equivilants), to software that has been specifically tailored for visualising Theories of Change, like TOCO or Miradi. You should consider what resources you have to invest in software, both in terms of cost and in time to learn and use the features. If you only have a short timeframe and have simple needs, then a basic tool may suit you better than some of the more complex software available. It's important to investigate a few options and see what is going to be best for you.
What is a Theory of Change? How is it different from a logframe? Why is it such an important part of an impact evaluation?
The third impact evaluation webinar in this series focused on Theory of Change and took place on Wednesday 15th of April and Thursday 16th of April (repeat session). This webinar series is organized by the Office of Research – Innocenti and presented by evaluation experts from RMIT University, BetterEvaluationand 3ie throughout 2015.
Blog15th January, 2013