This page introduces the concept of theory of change and how this can used to strengthen planning.
Good planning is underpinned by a theory of change, to assist and explain choices of activities, informed by evidence. A theory of change can be summarized as a three-step logical argument for making decisions about activities to undertake.
1. Looking for . . .
- intended outcome
2. Knowing . . .
- what has been effective previously (from research or our practice knowledge)
- how we can use this information to assist with our planning and action
- what resources are available (current or future)
3. We will do. . .
- a new activity, or change what we do
A simple mnemonic device:
- we are looking for (intended outcome)…
- and we know (evidence)…
- therefore, we will do (this activity)….