Theory of Change Development Guide


A theory of change is exactly how it sounds: A THEORY about how your organization is going to make CHANGE in your community


A theory of change is useful to:


Involve a group of people who represent different perspectives on a project, program or initiative. This could include the Executive Director, Program Director, program staff, program participants, a volunteer, a Board Member and an advisory committee member. Go big enough to include different perspectives, but small enough to allow for good conversation and decision-making. If you have the budget, you might hire an experienced facilitator to lead the


Ideally right at the beginning of a project or initiative – but later is better than never! So anytime will do. Revisit at least once a year


You can gather in-person in a quiet space at your organization, off-site for a special day or online in a Zoom room or other online platform