The community builder's approach to theory of change: A practical guide to theory and development

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. A more complete theory of change articulates the assumptions about the process through which change will occur, and specifies the ways in which all of the required early and intermediate outcomes related to achieving the desired long-term change will be brought about and documented as they occur.

This documuent 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. Section One answers the question: “What is a theory of change?” It provides all the information needed to facilitate a theory of change process with a community group. Section Two is a resource toolbox for the theory of change facilitator. It includes case studies, list of materials to bring to a planning session, glossary, link to downloadable presentation, and more.

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The Aspen Institute