Thinking big: How to use theory of change for systems change
Systems change is helping a range of charities, funders and practitioners to deal with the root causes of social problems.
The approach requires us not only to understand why difficult social problems persist but also to challenge our own role tackling them—a formidable task.
But if all of us in the voluntary sector are to become effective agents of change, we need to get better at challenging ourselves.
We think that, applied well, theory of change can support charities and funders that want 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.
Traditional approaches to theory of change can be difficult to apply to campaigning, this NPC guide sets out how to develop a theory of change for campaigning.
Let us know your thoughts on the report on Twitter @NPCthinks and @LankellyChase using #SystemsChange, or drop us a line at info@thinkNPC.org.
New seminar series
In a new series of seminars, Seth Reynolds, NPC’s Systems Change Principal, will be profiling some practical tools and frameworks from NPC’s upcoming field guide on how systems practice can help create social change. The next seminar is on 24 January 2023.
Systems Change: Systems practice for social change
We offer theory of change training for charities and funders throughout the year. Find out more on the events page.