Knowledge Letter - December 2020 - How to Develop Your Intended Impact and Theory of Change

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December 2020
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Knowledge Letter
Strategies for Social Impact

What Are Intended Impact and Theory of Change and How Can Nonprofits Use Them?

By Lindsey Waldron, Butch Trusty, Preeta Nayak, and
Yvonne Bettancourt

Strategy is all about getting critical resource decisions right. But developing a clear, effective strategy can be a long process full of difficult tradeoffs. One way to smooth the path is to clarify your nonprofit’s intended impact and theory of change. These powerful concepts can help your organization refine the goals it commits to achieve and map the road for how to accomplish them.
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Tools and Templates

How to Develop Your Intended Impact and Theory
of Change

These templates can help your organization develop or refresh your intended impact and theory of change. They provide an overview of each step and worksheets that can guide your team through critical considerations. Download the toolkit >>
Intended Impact and Theory of Change Case Studies
The Bail Project
The Bail Project clarified how its direct service and advocacy efforts linked to each other.
IMPACCT Brooklyn
IMPACCT Brooklyn considered what success looked like from a program and organization-wide perspective.
The Forum for African Women Educationalists focused on the audiences and systems it needed to influence.
Intended Impact & Theory of Change Collection 
The entire collection of our latest resources on intended impact and theory of change.
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