Theory of change


How to adapt your strategy approach for times of change

on 14 May 2020 , 6 minute read

Covid-19 means charities must develop adaptive strategies, but how can we do this well?

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Events & Training

Creating a theory of change: An introduction for charities

On 24 September 2020, 10:00 am4:30 pm
at 4th floor Harling House, 47-51 Great Suffolk Street

This one day training with talk you through implementing a clear and robust theory of change that can help to develop and refine your strategy.


Understanding Impact

on 12 February 2020

How to turn your theory of change into a plan for measurement, the five types of data you will need to pay attention to, and how to prioritise what to measure.


Four tips to write a good Theory of Change

on 11 December 2019

Every charity or funder needs a theory of change, but it's not always a simple thing to come up with. Here Margery Infield, NPC Consultant, shares some lessons from a recent Theory of Change training event.


Theory of change in ten steps

on 9 October 2019

This new guide is a ten step handbook to creating a theory of change, built on many years of developing them for charities and funders. It will teach you the basics, our core approach, with the information you need to do any theory of change.

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How to do a basic theory of change

on 9 October 2019

James Noble introduces NPC's new thinking on theory of change.


NPC Ignites: People, Impact, Purpose

on 2 April 2019

What can you expect from our annual conference NPC Ignites 2019?

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Help us make theory of change even more useful

on 12 February 2019

Over the next few months, with the support of the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, we are going to be rewriting and redesigning our guidance on theory of change and we want your help.


Thinking big: How to use theory of change for systems change

on 7 March 2018

We think that, applied well, theory of change can support charities and funders to take a systemic approach to their work. This report identifies five common pitfalls that organisations fall into when using theory of change, and walks through five rules of thumb that will help organisations to use the approach to tackle complex problems.

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Long read: Theories of change are here to stay

on 16 May 2017

The theory of change approach has been around for a while now, and many charities use it to help them be more strategic about their work and their impact measurement. But it has had its fair share of criticism and skepticism over the years. Here, NPC's Impact Management Lead James Noble tackles some of these challenges, and remakes the case for charities to develop theories of change to help guide their work.

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Developing theories of change for entire sectors

on 13 June 2016

Reflecting on our recent work developing a theory of change for the prison education sector, James Noble explores the process, and outlines the potential benefits of this approach.