The Theory of Change

At morning prayer on February 8, Brothers Alysious Sefoi and Chuck Fitzsimmons focused on the risk accepted by Jesus, entering the pagan city of Tyre, and of the Cyro-Phoenician woman, speaking in public to a foreigner, and the great result their faith and love produced.  Then our instructor in Project Cycle Management, Ms. Mpala Nkonkomalimba, led the Brothers in an examination of the “Theory of Change,” a system that describes the sequence of events that leads to an expected result.  The Brothers would use this system to plan, with transparency and accuracy, the step-by-step progress that would form their plan and lead to the outcomes and impact they propose.  Then, as an exercise, two groups of Brothers selected a portion of their proposed interventions and discussed the logic of how to proceed and the phrasing they would need to put their plan into action.

In such a system as the Theory of Change, monitoring and indicators are important tools.  Monitoring is the ongoing management activity that allows a project´s participants, and also the project´s donors, to assure that the project continues on the correct path.  The Theory of Change requires indicators that will verify that the intervention marches forward.  The two groups of Brothers huddled together once again to identify agreed-upon indicators that would show that their activities are on track.

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