Monitoring and evaluation

FOSDEH develops new theory of change to guide strategic planning

By 20/08/2014

This blog is part of a showcase of exhibits from Latin American think tanks participating in the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) programme. You may view other entries on the Latin America PEC Showcase Overview Page. 

Foro Social de Deuda Externa y Desarrollo de Honduras (FOSDEH) is a think tank in Honduras facing constant flux and in search of new methodological tools that can improve the planning, linking, implementation and measurement of each of their interventions in order to improve the macro and micro-economic management of the country and its social impact.

As part of the PEC program, FOSDEH developed an institutional “theory of change” using a new type of planning methodology with the purpose of improving the viability of strategic planning the organization, to clearly establish work paths, actors, linkages, strategies and to evaluate the impact we envision achieving as an organization.

This work was developed initially through a workshop with FOSDEH´s senior management and the technical team in order to establish general guidelines for how to develop a “theory of change” for FOSDEH. Furthermore, the general theory of change framework was diagrammed. Our facilitator, Yolanda Talavera, designed and facilitated this workshop. Subsequently, the “theory of change” tool has been developed in detail by the technical team with the support of our facilitator. This tool will assist FOSDEH in developing improved internal and external clarity on strategic direction and to evaluate the results and impacts in each of our interventions, according to our selected routes, strategies and assumptions. This tool will also help us provide better internal presentations on the logic of our present and future work

Read this blog in Spanish

Showcase exhibit #1: View FOSDEH’s Theory of Change (Spanish only)

FOSDEH Theory of Change

Showcase exhibit #2: View FOSDEH’s Theory of Change Presentation (Spanish only)


This post has been produced as part of the Think Tank Initiative’s Policy Engagement and Communications (PEC) programme. However,  these are the author’s personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of TTI. You can find all ongoing outputs related to this project via the PEC mini-site on Research to Action. To get updates from the PEC programme and be part of the discussion sign-up to our RSS or email updates. You can also follow our progress via Twitter using the following hashtag #ttipec.

Image courtesy of Ileana Morales / FOSDEH

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