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What is a Theory of Change? How is it different from a logframe? Why is it such an important part of an impact evaluation?
The third impact evaluation webinar in this series focused on Theory of Change and took place on Wednesday 15th of April and Thursday 16th of April (repeat session). This webinar series is organized by the Office of Research – Innocenti and presented by evaluation experts from RMIT University, BetterEvaluationand 3ie throughout 2015.
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.
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 .
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.
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.
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.
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.
This practice paper from IDS captures lessons from recent experiences on using ‘theories of change’ amongst organisations involved in the research–policy interface.
The literature in this area highlights much of the complexity inherent in the policymaking process, as well as the challenges around finding meaningful ways to measure research uptake. As a tool, ‘theories of change’ offers much, but the paper argues that the very complexity and dynamism of the research-to-policy process means that any theory of change will be inadequate in this context. Therefore, rather than overcomplicating a static depiction of change at the start (to be evaluated at the end), incentives need to be in place to regularly collect evidence around the theory, test it periodically, and then reflect and reconsider its relevance and assumptions.