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Change and Implementation at a Glance: Theory of Change
A summary of the key takeaways and steps of developing a theory of change.
Capacity Building Center for States
A theory of change serves as a valuable tool to illustrate a series of changes that must occur to address a problem or need. Without a theory of change, agencies may move down the wrong path when trying to solve a problem.
Capacity Building Center for States (2018). Change and Implementation at a Glance: Theory of Change. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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Identifies multiple approaches and the five essential functions to developing a theory of change as well as the characteristics of a sound theory of change, common mistakes to avoid in the development process, and strategies to prevent them.