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Review of the use of “Theory of Change” in international development

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Vogel, I. (2012). Review of the use of “Theory of Change” in international development. DFID https://www.gov.uk/government/news/dfid-research-review-of-the-use-of-theory-of-change-in-international-development

Vogel identifies and draws together a short list of the core elements, generally agreed upon as essential requirements for any discussion centred on theory of change:

  1. Context - social, political and environmental conditions, existing actors able to influence change
  2. Long-term change- what is it and for whom?
  3. Process/sequence of change anticipated
  4. Assumptions on how change may occur, in order to develop appropriate strategies
  5. Diagram and narrative summary to effectively capture the outcomes of the discussion

Using these as points of reference, the review examines the most effective means of establishing a logical pathway to desired outcomes using the ToC model. Vogel highlights the need to establish ToC as an ongoing process developed alongside all phases of a programme from inception to impact evaluation and emphasises that assumptions should be made explicit within the organising framework of a project.

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