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.
We offer theory of change training for charities and funders throughout the year. Find out more on the events page.
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A theory of change process encourages us to reflect on our aims and plans, to discuss them with others and to make them explicit. We see this process as the foundation of charity strategy, evaluation and communication.
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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.
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.
James Noble introduces NPC's new thinking on theory of change.
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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.
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.
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.
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.