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Tool 1

Building a Theory of Change

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Tool 1: Building a Theory of Change

It can be useful to think of a ToC in terms of four quadrants that reflect on how PAR will support positive transformations, in terms of: resources, agency, institutional arrangements, and the broader socio-political context that the work of the PAR groups is framed by. Once these dimensions are identified, it is then important to think about the relationship between them. Filling in a diagram such as we have shared in Tool 1 can be a good start, either as a research team, or with stakeholders within a participatory action research group.

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Principles & Steps of Participatory Action Research (PAR) 

Tool 1: Building a Theory of Change 

Further tool resources

Why do Participatory Action Research?

David Dodman, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED).