In 2014/15 Criminon UK collaborated with two registered charities (New Philanthropy Capital and Clinks) to produce a ‘Theory of Change’ demonstrating how intervention works.
‘Theory of Change’ is a process for articulating how a project is intended to work, often in a diagram, and with a particular focus on how the activities delivered are intended to lead to outcomes and impact for service users. It is valuable for a number of reasons, including:
- It provides a clear description of how a project is intended to work, which is itself a basic requirement of many funders and commissioners and the first rung of most evidence hierarchies.
- By highlighting the key elements of a project, a theory of change directs us to what evidence we need to collect to test project (and what evidence we don’t).
- By taking a team-based approach to preparing a theory of change we can both improve its quality and help strengthen teams by building a common understanding of how projects work.
- It helps us to report research findings and assess whether projects have made a difference.
Read the full ‘Theory of Change‘.