When we are faced with the question “Why do you do what you do? What is it you expect to accomplish?” people are looking for our theory of change. A theory of change reflects
- What we hope to accomplish with our work
- How and why we expect the desired change to occur, and
- How we will get there
If you work with survivors of domestic violence, you might find this theory of change useful in explaining how your work leads to positive changes in the lives of survivors and their families. It was created in 2013 by Cris Sullivan, in collaboration with numerous experts from around the country (including survivors, advocates, researchers, funders, and representatives from national resource centers). It can also guide your program evaluation efforts, helping you choose outcomes that fit the model and explain to others why these outcomes are important.