Mapping Change: Using a Theory of Change to Guide Planning and Evaluation

This brief guide explains why grantmakers use theories of change to guide their questioning, unearth assumptions that underlie their work, establish common language, and develop strong action plans. Contributors to the guide also describe how a theory of change sets the stage for evaluation by clarifying goals, strategies, and milestones.


  • What a theory of change looks like
  • Theory of change vs. logic model
  • Mini-case study: theory of change and strategic planning