Criteria for assessing the evaluability of Theories of Change

This blog post by Rick Davies discusses the criteria identified to assess the evaluability of Theory of Change (ToC).


  • Caveats and clarifications
  • A possible list of criteria for assessing the evaluability of a Theory of Change (Version 2)
  • Understandable
  • Verifiable
  • Testable
  • Explained
  • Complete
  • Inclusive
  • Justifiable
  • Plausible
  • Owned
  • Embedded
  • Weighting
  • Purpose
  • Issues arising about criteria
  • Process and product
  • Ownership
  • Relevance
  • Falsifiability
  • Flexibility
  • Clarity of logic as well as evidence
  • Simplicity
  • Justifiability
  • Informed sources mentioned by contributors


Davies, R. (2012) Criteria for assessing the evaluability of Theories of Change. Rick on the Road. Retrieved from

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