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The Problem with Theory of Change

The Problem with Theory of Change | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
If you are working in the fields of development or governance it’s highly likely that you’ve come across the term “theory of change” (ToC). At a conference a couple of weeks ago, while answering  some questions, I mentioned that I preferred not to use the term. The comment didn’t go unnoticed by some witty observers on Twitter, and I was surprised by the number of people who came to me afterwards asking why I do not “like” theory of change.
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What Use is a Theory of Change? 6 Benefits, and Some Things to Avoid.

What Use is a Theory of Change? 6 Benefits, and Some Things to Avoid. | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

 

What is a theory of change? A way of working and thinking, and a set of questions. Aerobics for the imagination – not a form to fill in (and most definitely not logframes on steroids). Nor is it a typology or (a personal bête noire) an insanely complicated diagram that no-one coming after you can understand (see example, right). More here.

How does (or should) a good theory of change improve our work (or ‘add value’ as the marketing wannabes insist on saying)?

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S'amuser pour changer : la "fun theory" appliquée au développement | BTC blog de Marie-Christine Boeve

S'amuser pour changer : la "fun theory" appliquée au développement | BTC blog de Marie-Christine Boeve | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Vous avez vu ces vidéos qui ont fait le tour du net ? http://www.thefuntheory.com/

C’est Volkswagen qui a remis au goût du jour une idée plus maline qu'il n'y parait: en s’amusant, on peut changer de comportement, pour le meilleur : meilleure santé (l’escalier - piano), meilleur environnement (la poubelle qui fait du bruit) ou meilleure sécurité (écran qui ne s’allume que si le ceinture est attachée). Et les résultats sont là. En tout cas, pour certaines applications.

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Not ‘theories of change’ but ‘theories of how change happens’

Not ‘theories of change’ but ‘theories of how change happens’ | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Theory of Change has become a buzzword across the development industry. It is a new tool in the toolbox that consultants use for planning, monitoring and evaluation. Not long ago, however, the term was not that well known. Instead, when we used the term we did to refer instead to the theories of how change happens.

This is an important difference. Before any attempt to plan an intervention -or to evaluate one- one ought to understand how change happens or, at least, how change is expected to happen. This question is behind efforts to understand the political economy of research uptake.

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What questions help us understand how change happens?

What questions help us understand how change happens? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

How do we analyse the stories of change that we all use in development? Such stories shape narratives, illustrate approaches and enrich our understanding of how change happens.

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Slavery reparations: should aid money be used to pay for past misdeeds?

Slavery reparations: should aid money be used to pay for past misdeeds? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
Jonathan Glennie: If rich countries accepted a moral and quasi-legal responsibility for colonial practices, notions of aid might be redefined
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What Have We Learned About Institutional Change?

What Have We Learned About Institutional Change? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it
A number of noteworthy reports on institutional change, development, and foreign aid have been published recently. What do they have in common?
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What is a theory of change and how do we use it?

What is a theory of change and how do we use it? | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Everyone these days (funders, bosses etc) seems to be demanding a Theory of Change (ToC), although when challenged, many have only the haziest notion of what they mean by it. It’s a great opportunity, but also a risk, if ToCs become so debased that they are no more than logframes on steroids. So in internal conversations, blogs etc I’m gradually fleshing out a description of a ToC. When I ran this past some practical evaluation Oxfamers, they helpfully added a reality check – how to have a ToC conversation with an already existing programme, rather than a blank sheet of paper?

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Over witte olifanten en varkens | BTC blog van Koen De Koster

Over witte olifanten en varkens | BTC blog van Koen De Koster | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

Aangezien dit mijn eerste artikel is op de blog van BTC, geloof ik dat een kleine introductie op zijn plaats is. Ik ben van een generatie die is opgegroeid met de fameuze witte olifanten van Douglas De Coninck, een generatie die nauwelijks weet waar ABOS voor staat, die de BTC-infocyclus volgde tijdens de studententijd, en vooral een generatie die gelooft in een andere en betere ontwikkelingssamenwerking. Zelf ben ik, zoals de meesten, door een samenloop van omstandigheden in de sector terechtgekomen. Door toevallige ontmoetingen, gebeurtenissen, en toch ook door een aantal invloedrijke auteurs zoals William Easterly [1], Amartya Sen [2] enz.

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A Cost-Effective New Initiative That Puts Power in Poor People’s Hands « Aid Thoughts

A Cost-Effective New Initiative That Puts Power in Poor People’s Hands « Aid Thoughts | International aid trends from a Belgian perspective | Scoop.it

One of the ideas making waves in global development has been that poor people know better than anyone else how to improve their standards of living.

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