Developing a theory of change
The aim of this guidance is to help voluntary organisations use a theory of change approach to help design, evaluate and communicate about their projects.
It is written for organisations working in the criminal justice system, most of who are involved in delivering projects directly for service users. The example used throughout is for a supported housing project that aims to help people move away from crime. However it should be noted that theory of change is suitable for all kinds of projects, including those that do not deliver services directly.
In summary, theory of change is a tool that will help you think about and design projects; working methodically from the need you are trying to address, to the change you want to achieve and the activities you will deliver.