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What is a Theory of Change?
A theory of change (or impact map) is a logical hypothesis that connects the elements that contribute to creating an intentional change – it includes:
- How we frame a challenge/opportunity.
- What we (will) do.
- How we (will) do it.
- The results we expect those activities to generate.
- The eventual change we are aiming to contribute to.
- Helps develop a common understanding of what an organization or intervention is trying to change and how.
- Strengthens the focus of interventions.
- Drives the development of strategies and workstreams.
- Provides a framework for tracking and assessing performance.
- Enables the identification of complementary partners.
- Supports thinking and conversations around change.
- Surfaces and makes assumptions explicit.
This is SuperBenefit’s theory of change. To help build understanding, we’ve developed four different “angles” – alternative ways of expressing the theory of change, and components within it. While we won’t be changing this on a regular basis, the theory of change will evolve as SuperBenefit does, so think of this as a starting position.
We warmly invite you to contribute to the ongoing process by joining the #toc-feedback channel in the SuperBenefit Discord.
Angle 1: the narrative logic
Angle 2: A focus on outcomes
Angle 3: A focus on the “flywheels”
Angle 4: Another metaphor - SuperBenefit as a mycelium network for invention and transformation
If you’re inspired by what you see and curious to explore more together, we warmly invite you to contribute to the ongoing process by joining the SuperBenefit Discord.