Fondation Terre des Hommes Suisse
Improving Project Cycle Management
Theory of Change is a method for dealing with complexity which can be used in projects that aim to bring about social change. In contrast to classic project cycle tools, which are linear, a Theory of Change approach is more iterative. Theory of Change addresses change as a complex, multi-factor, multi-actor, collaborative and participatory process, and helps to establish connections between internal factors (the institution, its culture, its tools, etc.) and external factors (the context, actors, partners, etc.).
The underlying idea is to put quality management into practice in humanitarian projects, through continuous questioning of contexts, risks and opportunities, rather than solely through the monitoring of project indicators.
The objective, therefore, is not to replace project management but rather to improve project management practices. The idea is also to encourage and support a change in mindset rather than trying to revolutionise the tools used within an organisation.
Training as a tool for institutional change
Training involves more than the transmission of knowledge and know-how as it is also an opportunity for collective reflection and co-construction of change at the institutional level.
It allows key messages to be disseminated at the institutional level, ensures that different departments are involved, and instigates collective discussion about integrating the proposed changes methodologically and technically.