Theory of Change in 10 steps

Outline the benefits of your solution for users and stakeholders


A Theory of Change is a diagram that explains how a programme or prototype has an impact on its beneficiaries. It outlines all the things that a programme does for its beneficiaries, the ultimate impact that it aims to have on them, and all the separate outcomes that lead or contribute to that impact. A Theory of Change should not refer to the scale, growth plan or operational details of the organisation itself – it should effectively describe and explain the impact of the programme/initiative from a beneficiary’s point of view. This guide supports you in creating your theory of change .


This should be done as a group, in order to capture the input of different members of staff, stakeholders, and even beneficiaries