“I really believe that social change has to be done in a smarter way. It’s so hard to stand back and see people do these convoluted, mixed up plans that get them nowhere and see them not get problems solved. Social change has to be taken seriously. It’s not just for people to feel good about themselves or run to a front-line somewhere and occupy something. I really want to see the Center as something that is user friendly, that people get the message that social change can happen but it can’t happen if there isn’t a core plan that makes sense, that’s contextual, that fits where you are going to be – relief in Haiti is not the same as relief in Red Hook. If you don’t get a plan around it you are going to waste tons of money and people will die. So making that clear – that’s my life’s work”.~ Dr. Heléne Clark
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’.