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Change and Implementation in Practice: Theory of Change Brief
Learn about theory of change and why it is critical to implementing effective changes to improve outcomes.
Capacity Building Center for States
Explains what a theory of change is and why it is critical to implementing effective changes to improve outcomes. The brief assists child welfare agency leaders, managers, and their team of partners and stakeholders to create a theory of change that addresses an identified problem, need, or opportunity for improvement and charts a path to the desired outcome.
Capacity Building Center for States. (2018). Change and implementation in practice: 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.