New book – Theories of Change in Reality: Strengths, Limitations and Future Directions

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Check this out this new book, open free access online: “Theories of Change in Reality | Strengths, Limitations and Future Directions” by Andrew Koleros, Marie-Hélène Adrien, and Tony Tyrrell, published by Taylor & Francis.

About the Book: For over 50 years, evaluators have used theories of change to articulate the causal logic underpinning how an intervention is intended to bring about a desired change. Originating in program evaluation, this approach has been widely adopted for purposes ranging from program design to program management. As theories of change continue to be used for multiple purposes, it is an opportune moment for the evaluation community—where this approach originated—to provide their perspective on the strengths and limitations of the approach and its future directions.

To provide these perspectives, nearly 30 of the world’s leading evaluators and program theorists have contributed essays on the past, present, and future of theories of change. This book presents their insights organized into five main themes:

  1. The use of theories of change in broader public policy contexts
  2. Using theories of change to establish causality
  3. Developing theories of change reflective of multiple stakeholder perspectives
  4. Using theories of change to understand wider societal change processes
  5. Applying theories of change approaches for multiple purposes

By sharing these diverse perspectives, the book aims to provide evaluators and emerging program theorists with critical insights to inform future practice.

Why is This Book Important?

  • It compiles the expertise of nearly 30 global leaders in evaluation and program theories.
  • It offers a comprehensive view of current and future applications of theories of change.
  • It is an essential resource for evaluators, program designers, managers, and researchers.

Where to Find It?

The book is available as an open-access publication on the Taylor & Francis website: Theories of Change in Reality | Strengths, Limitations and Future Directions.

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