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Theory of Change framework made easier

Whereas Theory of Change models are often linear and overly complex, Board of Innovation set out to develop a tool that is far less complicated to use than its counterparts. We streamlined the existing framework, and combined it with the flexibility and agility needed to operate in complex and ambiguous environments.

The secret to moving forward without losing sight of the main mission is to move backwards from your ultimate goal, gradually identifying the conditions required for the goals to materialize. 

Between what a change initiative achieves through its activities and interventions, and how this will ultimately achieve the intended goal, lies the “missing middle”. By first identifying all the conditions that need to be in place in order to reach the goals set, you’ll need to determine a Pathway of Change, a logical sequence of steps towards your end goal.

Our Theory of Change model is based on the traditional approach, but differs in critical ways. It offers a more systemic approach, integrating a feedback loop for iterative thinking with a clear and understandable graphic representation.

Finally, the integrated feedback loop helps to verify the consistency of the different steps, and that you are on track to achieve systemic change.

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