SuperBenefit’s Theory of Change

SuperBenefit’s Theory of Change

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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.

It also:

  • 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.

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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

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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 #toc-feedback channel in the SuperBenefit Discord.