In order to be able to lead your organization it's essential that your able to map out how you are going to create change. Identifying the impact you are trying to make and creating a structure mapping what outcomes and outputs will help you lead your organization and present the impact you are trying to make and how you will achieve it to donors and partners.
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.
Download our ToC guidelines!