Theory of change and logic models overview

The theory of change and logic models are ways of explaining the change you make for the people you are working with. These models can be useful to help you focus and think about how to measure outcomes.

Theory of change

Theory of change – a free tool available on the NCVO/Knowhow platform with an example to create a theory of change.

Creating your theory of change – this NPC’s practical guide offers information on how to create a theory of change, how to represent it and how to create a measurement framework.

Theory of change, the beginning of making a difference – a document containing information on using a theory of change for strategy and evaluation.

Theory of Change for organisations – a learning paper from Bond.

Practical examples can be found on the Centre for Theory of Change website.

Logic models

Introduction to logic modelsuseful guidance and information from Public Health England.

Developing a Logic Model or Theory of Change – resources and information available on the Community Tool Box website.

Why Should Nonprofits Create Logic Models? – a post from the Social Solutions’ blog.

Developing a Logic Model – a short practical guide by Evaluation Support Scotland.

Using a Logic Model to structure impact assessment – information from the Almond Tree Strategic Consulting, including an example logic model framework.

Useful organisations/websites

NCVO know how – NCVO is an NGO based in England, championing the voluntary sector in England by connecting, representing and supporting voluntary organisations. Their ‘Knowhow’ website provides lots of resources and e-learning for charities, social enterprises and community groups. Many of the pages are free to view for non NCVO members too.

NPC – a charity that supports other charities, philanthropists, funders and social enterprises maximise their social impact.

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