Tools: Strategic Planning

Using tools for strategic planning

There are many different tools used for this, such as Logframes and a Theory of Change. Nowadays, many Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), and other organizations work with a Theory of Change (ToC), both for their programs and for their organization in general. For these organizations and programs, a ToC serves as a framework for understanding how a certain desired (social) change is supposed to happen. Since working with a ToC is becoming increasingly common, it’s important to understand what a ToC is, what are the terms used, and how you can work with it. Moreover, working with a ToC can really help you structure your programs and even your organization. It enables you to think about the reasons why you’re doing certain activities, and whether they lead to the desired outcome. In a nutshell - working with a ToC can improve your work!

How to work with a Theory of Change

In recent years, more and more organizations, donors, and other actors in the development world have started working with a Theory of Change (ToC). However, while working with a ToC definitely has its advantages, it can also be very confusing – particularly the first time you’re working with a ToC. Therefore, we have developed this guide to help you to understand and work with a ToC.