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  1. Purposeful program theory: effective use of theories of change and logic models


    This book, by Sue Funnell and Patricia Rogers, discusses ways of developing, representing and using programme theory and theories of change in different ways to suit the particular situation. It discusses how to address complicated and complex aspects of programmes in terms of: focus; governance; consistency; 
    necessariness; sufficiency; and change trajectory .

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  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. 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.   

  9. Program Logic / Theory of Change (2 days)

    29th March, 2017 to 30th March, 2017

    This workshop style training course introduces the program logic / theory of change concept and a step by step process for creating a logic model for programs of all types and levels of complexity. A program logic/ theory of change focuses not just on how a project is trying to achieve change, and what kinds of change, but also on who needs to change. The course includes discussion of how program logic / theory of change can be used for program design and to provide the structure for monitoring and evaluation plans. 

  10. 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.