Every day, staff and volunteers at 169,000 charities across Britain endeavor to meet people’s needs, tackle social inequalities, or avert environmental or humanitarian crises.
To succeed, charities must work as efficiently and effectively as possible, making best use of their funding. They must find new ways to adapt and flourish in a changing policy environment and take advantage of innovations that have the potential to drive their work for a better world.
We provide the tools and resources to enable charities and funders to do this, so you can focus on the people you serve. We explore and develop approaches that have the potential to benefit the whole social sector, so that charities can flourish.
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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.
Applied well, theory of change can support charities and funders to take a systemic approach to their work. This report identifies five common pitfalls when using theory of change, and walks through five rules that will help organisations to use the approach to tackle complex problems.
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.
Involving users in shaping services and strategies is increasingly considered to be both the right and most effective way for the social sector and charities to work. This paper argues for a greater focus in the social sector on what user involvement aims to achieve and evidencing its effectiveness.