Center for Theory of Change

Death of Advisory Board Member Selim Iltus

SelimThe Center has suffered a deep professional and personal loss with the recent passing of Advsory Board member Selim Iltus. Many books and memorials will document his legacy in children’s rights, international development and in promoting effective philantrophy. But we are also mourning the loss of a kind, humble and funny friend. The Center and it’s staff is both lessened by his loss and honored to have had Selim as our friend, advisor and workmate. He leaves behind his wife Ahu and daughter Misra. He will be deeply missed.


The Center for Theory of Change is a non-profit organization established to promote quality standards and best practice for the development and implementation of Theory of Change, with a particular focus on its use and application in the areas of international development, sustainability, education, human rights and social change.

Theory of Change has the power to radically enhance the capacity of social change organizations and initiatives to achieve their goals and demonstrate their impact. It grounds planning and strategy in the reality and evidence base of what is necessary to achieve change. Theory of Change is also critical to evaluation, providing a framework that allows organizations to know what to evaluate and when. It builds on – and can usefully incorporate data gathered through – other approaches that have been developed to improve planning and evaluation, including ‘logic models/logframes’ and ‘results frames’.