Theories of Change:
Concentrating on the truth of the work
a short article by Doug Reeler and Rubert Van Blerk,
the Community Development Resource Association, 2017
After several sessions of a Theories of Change Learning and Study Circle in 2016 we wrote this reflection on the use and practice around the notion of "Theory of Change" being demanded by donors, and the problems and possibilities practitioners are experiencing.
The Barefoot Guide 4: Exploring the Real Work of Social Change
The Barefoot Guide 4 was launched on the 26 March 2015, at the World Social Forum in Tunis.
This is a book about real social change practices from many countries in the world. It contains a variety of stories, analyses, and ideas, plus poems and illustrations,
For activists, civil society leaders, practitioners and students, this is not a book of easy answers, but one of experiences, learnings and questions, all asking “What is the real work of social change?”
Inside there are stories of change, of determined and courageous people taking creative initiatives, presented here not as “best practice models”, but as something to be learned from, to deepen our questions, to be more thoughtful in our practice.
The Barefoot Guide 4 was individually and collectively written by almost 40 social change activists, leaders and practitioners from 19 countries and represents a fascinating diversity of experiences and insights.
It is a small feast of experiences and ideas, serious and playful, obvious and mysterious, illustrated by four artists, to help illuminate and provide creative bridges into the text.
Our own small contribution. You are invited to sample whatever catches your eye, whatever speaks to your circumstances and need. We hope that it will provide ideas and inspiration to many people working to bring about social change.
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Striving for wholeness
an account of the development of a
sovereign approach to evaluation
by Sue Soal, March 2012
This case study offers an approach to evaluation that serves to support and strengthen social change organisations and initiatives. It is also a case study and account of the development of a practice, and a practitioner, showing the path this approach took in its development through experience. And then that path is illustrated by several smaller case-stories that give insight into particular emphases and practices supported by the approach. In so doing it attempts to offer both theoretical and practical insight into what practicing evaluation out of a ‘sovereign’ approach might involve.
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