NPC has published a new guide ‘Theory of Change in 10 Steps’.  They explain: For charities keen to improve their impact, developing a theory of change is a good place to start. It shows what you want to achieve and how.

A blog post on the NPC website explains more:

Throughout our work and personal lives we have aims and ideas about how to achieve them, but we rarely take the time to think these through, scrutinise and articulate them. This is what a theory of change process does. It encourages us to reflect on our aims and plans, to discuss them with others and to make them explicit.

We see theory of change as the foundation of charity strategy, evaluation and communication.

Our existing guidance, published in 2014, is one of our most widely read publications. Since then, we have learnt a lot about where our thinking works well, and where it falls short. This new guide is a ten step handbook to creating a theory of change, built on many years of developing them for charities and funders. It focusses on the basics, our core approach. It gives you the information you need to do any theory of change and is directly applicable to smaller projects and charitable services.

This handbook will soon be accompanied by fully updated guidance going into more detail and exploring different situations, including those that are more complex, like charitable campaigns and organisations as a whole.

We hope these ten steps provide a practical working guide for charities and funders, enabling you to think through your work and provide the best services possible. To dig deeper, NPC runs regular training sessions and workshops, and our consultants are ready to support you should you so desire.

Obviously, they are hoping that you attend their workshops, in London, or hire one of their consultants to help you, but the Guide itself is worth a read.  You can download your copy for free here.

Following this, they have also produced a report ‘Understanding Impact’, which builds on the Theory of Change. They explain:

Every charity wants to know if they’re making a difference, but finding out if you are can be tricky. This new report sets out how to turn your theory of change into a plan for measurement. We’ve written this guide for charities and funders, based on years of experience of working with them. This report will help charities and funders who are looking to gain more useful insights into their work. It follows on from our Theory of change in ten steps guide and discusses the five types of data that you need to pay attention to, plus how to prioritise what to measure.

You can find out more, and download your free copy of the report, here.