Practice Briefs

Developing a Theory of Change: Practical Guidance

Anne Gienapp and Cameron Hostetter
June 2022 | Annie E. Casey Foundation

These guides from The Annie E. Casey Foundation are resources designed to enhance strategic planning, emphasizing equity and inclusion in goal-setting. By implementing a robust measurement system, administrators can track progress, refine strategies, and make informed decisions. These guides can serve as a tool for continuous improvement and organizational development as well as a communication tool, articulating expected changes and aligning with the institution’s values. This resource can inform decision-making and resource allocation, promoting a focus on long-term objectives. Treating the theory of change as a living document facilitates continuous improvement, keeping organizations adaptive and responsive to evolving needs.