Theory of Change Workbook

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Monalisa Salib

Mar 17, 2022, 9:04:26 AM3/17/22
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Hi All,


I wanted to share our new Theory of Change Workbook, which takes you through a five-step process to develop your program's theory of change. This is for donors or implementing partners who are designing new programs or needing to further develop or strengthen theories of change during start-up. Developing a strong theory of change is notoriously difficult, so we tried to take what can be a rather complex process, demystify it, and hopefully help teams strengthen theories of change so that we are all on the best path to creating positive change in the world.

This was developed by Social Impact under the USAID Learns support mechanism to USAID/Vietnam, and is now open source - anyone can download a copy from Google Drive by following the link.  A blog providing an overview can be found on Social Impact's site and USAID Learning Lab.


The process outlined here is inspired by systems thinking, and you will find overlaps and similarities to other approaches like problem-driven iterative adaptation and context-driven adaptation. The process also borrows from tools such as USAID’s 5Rs framework and USAID’s applied political economy analysis framework. Ultimately, it is aligned with Collaborating, Learning & Adapting (CLA), USAID’s approach to strategic collaboration, organizational learning, and adaptive management.


Hopefully this group finds it useful!





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Monalisa Salib

Deputy Chief of Party – USAID Learns implemented by Social Impact

Monitoring & Evaluation; Collaborating, Learning & Adapting

Address: BIDV Tower, 6th floor - 194 Tran Quang Khai St., Hanoi, Vietnam

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