Scapple is an easy-to-use tool for getting ideas down as quickly as possible and making connections between them. It allows you to make notes anywhere on the page and to connect them using straight dotted lines or arrows. It aims to recreate the experience of jotting down notes on a piece of paper.

Cost: Low - ($14.99USD, Oct 2017)

Operating system: Mac and Windows

From the website:


Write notes anywhere on the virtual paper

Connect notes using drag and drop

Completely freeform

Stack notes in columns of related ideas

Drag notes directly into Scrivener

Customise the appearance of notes including font style, colours and a choice of border styles

Create background shapes to group notes

  • Simple (even fun) to use
  • Move and arrange notes easily
  • Full screen mode (Mac OS X 10.7+ and Windows only)
  • Export to popular formats or print your ideas

Video Tutorial

Watch a brief eight minute introduction to Scapple for macOS.


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Thomas Delahais

The name is Scapple, not Scrapple (see the title). Indeed absolutely excellent to quickly draft an intervention logic. It’s number one advantage compared to other mind mapping softwares is that you do no need to have a centre node. 

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Alice Macfarlan

Hi Thomas,

Thanks for catching that typo! It's now been corrected. Thanks also for your comments on the advantages of this software over others. We put this resource up on the site quite quickly last week in response to a request by one of our users (along with a list of other TOC software), and we'd like to expand these descriptions to be a bit more useful than just including information from the website. I wonder if you'd be interested in helping us expand Scapple's description by answering a few questions? We'd like to know:

What are the key features of the resource (summarise the purpose/focus of the resource or its key content/messages)

Who is this resource most useful for? (Can be more than 1):

  • Advocates for evaluation;
  • Commissioners/managers of evaluation;
  • Evaluation users;
  • Evaluators;
  • Those involved in evaluation capacity strengthening;
  • Other – please specify

In your own words, describe how you have used or intend on using this resource. (In what ways have you used the resource? What was particularly helpful about it?)

Why would you recommend it to other people?



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