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  1. Theory of Change Software

    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.

  2. Generic change theories

    Synonyms: 
    Causal mechanisms, change mechanisms
    Evaluation Option

    There are some change theories that can be applied across different sectors - for example, motivation, deterrence, capacity development.  

    This page provides links to some resources that outline these change theories.

  3. Slopegraph

    Synonyms: 
    Line graph, slope graph
    Evaluation Option

    A slopegraph is a lot like a line graph, in that it plots change between points. However a slopegraph plots the change between only two points, without any kind of regard for the points in between. It is based on the idea that humans are fairly good at interpreting changes in direction. Decreases and quickly rising increases are easily detected. 

  4. Negative Programme Theory

    Evaluation Option

    Most programme theories, logic models and theories of change show how an intervention is expected to contribute to positive impacts. Negative programme theory, a technique developed by Carol Weiss, shows how it might produce negative impacts.

  5. Realist Matrix

    Evaluation Option

    Realist matrices are a complementary approach to outcomes chains and other programme logic models. A realist matrix focuses on the causal mechanisms at work in a programme or project. It specifies what exactly in the programme creates the outcomes, and under what conditions.

  6. Logframe

    Synonyms: 
    Logical Framework, Logical Framework Approach (LFA), log frame
    Evaluation Option

    ‘Logical Framework’, or ‘logframe’, describes both a general approach to project or programme planning, monitoring and evaluation, and – in the form of a ‘logframe matrix’ – a discrete planning and monitoring tool for projects and programmes. Logframe matrices are developed during project/programme design and appraisal stages, and are subsequently updated throughout implementation while remaining an essential resource for ex-post evaluation.

  7. Outcomes Hierarchy

    Synonyms: 
    Outcomes Chain, Theory of Change (TOC), Results Chain, Impact Pathways
    Evaluation Option
    Accent to the top photo by Steve Hillebrand

    An outcomes hierarchy shows all the outcomes (from short-term to longer-term) required to bring about the ultimate goal of an intervention.  Unlike results chains, it does not show the activities linked to these outcomes.

     

  8. Line Graph

    Synonyms: 
    Line Chart
    Evaluation Option

    A line graph is commonly used to display change over time as a series of data points connected by straight line segments on two axes. The line graph therefore helps to determine the relationship between two sets of values, with one data set always being dependent on the other set.

  9. Stories of change

    Evaluation Option

    Stories of change show what is valued through the use of specific narratives of events. Structured with a beginning, middle and end, they focus on the change that has taken place due to the program.

  10. SWOT Analysis

    Evaluation Option

    The SWOT analysis is a classic strategic planning tool originating from business and marketing analysis that encourages groups (or individuals) to reflect on and assess the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats of a particular strategy and how it can best be implemented.

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