Moving Beyond Theories of Change: A Framework for Strategic Implementation

This report reflects on the current state of philanthropic practice and points to a gap that frequently exists between lofty philanthropic ideas on the one hand and their implementation outside the boardroom on the other. It then proposes a framework for crossing over this gap, one that involves focusing closely on the “People, Partners, and Platforms” that actually power social-impact efforts. As the report notes:

Long-term, systemic change requires a deep understanding of the complex logistics of impact—of when and how to move the human, financial, and even intellectual resources needed to accomplish the goal. It requires not only a strategy but a well-constructed plan for implementing that strategy, one that anticipates the likely necessity of adapting the implementation plan in response to realities on the ground.