Other Resources for the Development of a Theory of Change

Other Resources for the Development of a Theory of Change  

You can access the resource described below by clicking on the link provided in the title.  Please note where the resource is a book as the link will only work if the book is commercially available. The link will take you to the international distributor, Amazon, where you can look through sections of the book before you buy it. If you live in South Africa, it is worth ordering it from local distributor Kalahari to save on import costs. 

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Description

Software: Theory of Change Online   Theory of Change Online or “TOCO” is an accessible, easy-to-use learning tool for creating and implementing a Theory of Change. It provides users with a flexible drawing canvas for building, editing, and soliciting feedback. 

 

Book: Purposeful Programme Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models (Sue C. Funnell & Patricia J. Rogers)

"Between good intentions and great results lies a programme theory—not just a list of tasks but a vision of what needs to happen and how. Now widely used in government and non-profit organisations, programme theory provides a coherent picture of how change occurs and how to improve performance. Purposeful Programme Theory shows how to develop, represent and use programme theory thoughtfully and strategically to suit your particular situation, drawing on the fifty-year history of programme theory and the authors' experiences (Over twenty-five years)".
Report: Review of the use of ‘Theory of Change’ in international Development (DFID) A comprehensive review of the Theory of Change as a planning methodology.  Includes various case studies.
Website: www.theoryofchange.org A Theory of Change community with various resources for the development of a Theory of Change as a complete guide to programme design. 
App: Evaluation Glossary A handy reference of over 600 evaluation, programme planning and research terms and definitions. 

Video: How to create a flow chart in Microsoft Word

Youtube video: Creating a Simple Flowchart in Microsoft Word, by Professor Floyd Jay Winters (uploaded in 2011).

Tools to assist with the preparation of a literature review 

We provide links to a large number of resources that can assist you with the preparation of a literature review in the text of our Tried and Tested article: ‘Quick guide for doing a literature review for a situation analysis’. We don't provide these links separately in the toolbox because many are specific to doing a literature review and not to the development of a Theory of Change per se.