Why we have a Theory of Change
Our Theory of Change sets out what we think are key ingredients in helping social sector leaders build the capacity and impact of their organisations.
We’ve pulled out these ingredients based on our collective experience and on the findings from academic research. Key themes are that lasting change is brought about by confident and capable leaders and teams with networks they can look to for support and insight; this in turn depends on us being highly collaborative in the way we work and tailoring support to each client’s context and ways of working – the opposite of one size fits all!
The Thinking Behind the Headlines
This is the fundamental question we seek to answer through all our work. We aim to seek out new learning at every opportunity and to share it as widely as possible.
Experience and evidence suggest that lasting change is brought about by confident and capable leaders and teams. Confidence is best built by working collaboratively with our clients, nurturing strong relationships, respecting strengths, and sharing our know-how.
Lasting change also depends on taking time to understand how change is affected differently in each organisation – how learning is codified and shared – and on providing bespoke, practical solutions that leaders can take forward with confidence.
Working this way relies on us nurturing a diverse and experienced talent pool of members who are not only experts in their field but understand what’s involved in building strengths, bound together by our shared values of optimism, generosity, collaboration, pragmatism, and learning.
From this unique resource, taking time to fully understand client needs, we mobilise the right professionals to work alongside our clients on their challenges.
Within our community of professionals, we have the collective experience of having delivered over 1,000 client projects. It is our commitment to unlocking the collective experience of our community and to constantly learning and striving for lasting change that makes us unique.
Social sector organisations are extremely diverse, and each organisation has unique needs in a unique context. Success depends on us taking time to fully understand client needs and then bringing together the right professionals to work alongside our clients on project challenges.
Success also depends on us making the most of the collective experience and insights of our community of professionals and learning from over 1,000 client projects, pooling our knowledge and bringing diverse perspectives to bear to help our clients find ways forward.
How Theory of Change was used at charity ‘Right There’
Read our case study to find out how Charity Right There used Theory of Change to help them clarify their strategic objectives.