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  1. Mapping change: using a theory of change of guide planning and evaluation


    This guide, written by Anne MacKinnon and Natasha Arnott for GrantCraft, describes the process of developing a theory of change in order support planning and evaluation. The guide focuses on: describing what a theory of change looks like; comparing theory of change vs. logic model; and outlining a mini-case study to demonstrate how a theory of change can be effectively used for strategic planning.

  2. Pathways to advance professionalisation within the context of the AES

    Discussion paper

    This report by Greet Peersman and Patricia Rogers for the Australasian Evaluation Society (AES) identifies four potential pathways towards professionalisation within the context of the AES: 1) Ad hoc, disconnected activities; 2) Focused, connected and strategic activities; 3) Voluntary credentialing of evaluators; and 4) Regulated and licensed profession. The main recommendation of the report is that the AES follow a pathway of focused, connected and strategic activities, with a view to considering a voluntary credentialing process down the track. A major feature of this report is the exploration of 41 activities and approaches that can be used to advance the professionalisation of monitoring and evaluation. These activities are likely to be of considerable interest to others who are undertaking or planning evaluation capacity strengthening activities.

  3. Develop programme theory / theory of change

    Logic model, Program logic, Programme logic, Causal model, Results chain, Intervention logic, ToC

    A programme theory explains how an intervention (a project, a programme, a policy, a strategy) is understood to contribute to a chain of results that produce the intended or actual impacts. 

    It can include positive impacts (which are beneficial) and negative impacts (which are detrimental). It can also show the other factors which contribute to producing impacts, such as context and other projects and programmes.

    Different types of diagrams can be used to represent a programme theory.  These are often referred to as logic models, as they show the overall logic of how the intervention is understood to work.

  4. 52 weeks of BetterEvaluation: Week 52: Holiday gifts for everyone

    20th December, 2013

    For many of us, this is a time for reflecting back on the year and exchanging gifts.  So for this final post in the 52 weeks series for 2013, we wanted to share some evaluation gifts you can keep for yourself or share with your friends and colleagues.

  5. Theory of Change approach to climate change adaptation programming


    This is the third guidance note in a series of three from the SEA Change Community of Practice and UKCIP that focus on the monitoring and evaluation of climate change adaptation projects. Written by Dennis Bours, Colleen McGinn & Patrick Pringle, the paper looks at theory of change (ToC) and why it is useful for climate change adaptation programming. The paper also provides step-by-step guidance on how to develop a ToC model and describes some strategies for avoiding common pitfalls that may occur when using it.

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


    This report from the UK Government's Department for International Development (DfID) reviews the use of theory of change in the international development field in order to learn and further broaden its use of this area of practice.

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


    This report, commissioned by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and authored by Isabel Voge, reviews how theory of change is being used in the international development context and in doing so identify consensus, debate and innovation in order to develop a more consistent approach to its use. 

  8. Learning about Theories of Change for the Monitoring and Evaluation of Research Uptake


    The paper, published by the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.

  9. Theory of Change Workshop- Southern Hemisphere

    11th April, 2017 to 12th April, 2017
    South Africa

    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.   

  10. Understanding ‘Theory of Change’ In International Development: A Review of Existing Knowledge


    This paper from the Asia Foundation and The Justice and Security Research Programme provides a review of the debates and concepts that have evolved around the theory of change model within the existing literature.