What is a Theory of Change?

Estimated Time
15 Minutes
Resource Type
Extract Case Study
TIPC Region

This short extract from the MOTION handbook presents what a Theory of Change is and how this approach was used in the MOTION project.



Created by: Transformative Innovation Policy Consortium (TIPC); Utrecht University Centre for Global Challenges; with suppport from: EIT Climate-KIC / Ingenio-UPV / Austrian Institute of Technology


Alvial Palavicino, C., Matti, C., Witte, J., Brodnik, C., Keesman, S., Mendez, P.F., Penna, C., Terrazas, P., Costante, N., Zinkstock, E. (2021) MOTION Handbook: Developing a Transformative Theory of Change, pp 23-25. Available at https://tipresourcelab.net/resource/motion-transformative-theory-of-change-tool/

Reflections on TIPC use

A Theory of Change (ToC) is a method that allows us to understand how change can happen as a result of an intervention.  The method can be used to create a policy implementation strategy; monitor a project or a programme; and learn from and evaluate the results of a project or a policy programme.

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