Review of the use of ‘Theory of Change’ in international development

Report commissioned by DFID evaluation division considers the current uses and definitions of ‘Theory of Change’ (ToC). It’s purpose is to suggest a more consistent approach for DFID in applying a concept which is gaining in reputation and use within the international development community. Based on information gathered from interviews with staff from 25 different… Continue reading Review of the use of ‘Theory of Change’ in international development

Theory-Based Impact Evaluation: Principles and Practice, by Howard White

theory-based approach to impact evaluation maps out the causal chain from inputs to outcomes and impact, and tests the underlying assumptions. Despite wide agreement that this approach will address the why question, it has not often been effectively used. Most studies make speculations as to the reasons for impact, or differences in impact, rather than… Continue reading Theory-Based Impact Evaluation: Principles and Practice, by Howard White