SDC-IDS Collaboration on Poverty, Politics and Participatory Methodologies Briefing Note 8

Opportunities for Using Complexity-Aware Approaches to Theory of Change

Published on 1 August 2018

The purpose of this briefing note is to review opportunities for using complexity aware approaches to Theory of Change (ToC) to inform the SDC approach. It provides an overview of complexity-aware approaches and then focuses on demonstrating how complexity thinking can support programming by building on the frameworks currently being used in the project/programme cycle management (PCM) processes.

It is aimed at SDC staff, in particular Programme Officers and staff of partner organisations involved in the management of SDC interventions.

This publication was produced as part of the Poverty, Politics, and Participatory Methodologies in SDC project.

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Goodier, S. and Apgar, M. (2018) Opportunities for Using Complexity-Aware Approaches to Theory of Change, SDC-IDS Briefing Note 8, Brighton: IDS


Sarah Goodier

Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) Specialist

Marina Apgar

Research Fellow

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