The Community Builder’s Approach to Theory of Change: A Practical Guide to Theory Development

Summary:

A Theory of change can be a helpful tool for developing solutions to complex social problems. At its most basic, a theory of change explains how a group of early and intermediate accomplishments sets the stage for producing long-range results.

The Community Builder’s Approach to Theory of Change: A Practical Guide to Theory Development is for planners and evaluators who are going to facilitate a process for creating a theory of change with community based programs and community change initiatives. The resource is broken up into two sections.

Section one address the question ‘What is a theory of change?’. Section two is a resource toolbox for the theory of change facilitator.

Author: Andrea A. Anderson

Publisher: The Aspen Institute

Year: 2009

Pages: 37

Country of Origin: United States

Target Audience: Adult and Community Settings

Available Formats: Guidelines

Tags: Activism Community Development

Available from:

Download The Community Builders Approach to Theory of Change PDF (366KB)

PowerPoint presentations downloadable from www.theoryofchange.org


Description

The resource is broken up into two sections:

  1. Section one address the question ‘What is a theory of change?’
  2. Section two is a resource toolbox for the theory of change facilitator

SECTION ONE:

  • Reviews the Major concepts that define theories of change. For example, Pathways of change, indicators to measure success, Interventions along the pathway and assumptions that make the theory make sense.
  • Provides Important background information for facilitators before they enter a planning session, and gives five tasks that a facilitator can do to create and refine a theory of change
  • Offers a practical guidance for facilitating planning sessions. Five sessions are fully outlined.

SECTION TWO:

  • Documents a case study called ‘Project superwomen’ is outlined to show a portion of a finished Theory of Change
  • Provides a list of materials to bring to a planning session
  • Gives a ‘participants list’ that suggests the ideal composition of a theory of change building a team for a community-based program or initiative
  • Includes glossary that could be distributed at the training sessions
  • Points to PowerPoint presentations downloadable from www.theoryofchange.org
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