Civic Tech Assessment Resources 1: Developing a Theory of Change

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  1. Developing a Theory of Change

Civic tech innovators typically start with a vision of change they want to see in the world and some ideas about how their platform will contribute. A “theory of change” is simply an explicit statement of how change is expected to occur, including details about how a civic tech platform and its features, working alone or in concert, will affect different types of users and drive civic outcomes. Developing a theory of change (ToC) can be useful for platform design as well as for evaluation. A ToC can also help you explain your work to partners and funders. Here are additional resources for creating and using a ToC:

The example below illustrates how a platform that engages constituents and policymakers could create change.

Sample ToC
Sample ToC

Sample Theory of Change sample as a PDF

Network Tool: Network Health Scorecard


Regular check ups can help network builders track progress and decide what the network needs next. The Network Health Scorecard provides a quick series of questions that can yield a useful assessment of the health of your network - diagnosing strengths and areas for growth.

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