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Developing Theories of Change: 7 Steps and a META Case Study
July 25, 2016

A theory of change diagram is a type of logic model that explicitly illustrates the causal pathways between activities, outputs, outcomes, and objectives.  Illustrating your project’s theory of change can help you clearly articulate what you want to achieve and how you will do it.  META’s 7 Steps for Developing Theories of Change and Strong Proposals can help you ensure  your team has a clear, logical vision for how your project’s activities contribute to the results you want to see for clients.  It can also help you identify where you are making assumptions or leaps of faith, or where you need to be clearer or more specific about what you want to achieve. 

META’s accompanying Case Study 1 puts these steps into practice! See how one team for a refugee economic self-sufficiency project developed a theory of change for a program aiming to help clients learn English, gain job search skills, and attain sustainable employment. 

Looking for templates? Click here for downloadable theory of change and logframe templates, along with guidance from META to help fill them out.