Our draft Theory of Change is presented here for comment and feedback.
According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, a Theory of Change is “an explicit process of thinking through and documenting how a program or intervention is supposed to work, why it will work, who it will benefit (and in what way) and the conditions required for success”; it is intended to “explain strategies, actions, conditions and resources that facilitate change and achieve outcomes” (Goldsworthy 2021).
Developed as far as possible using evidence, and with carefully tested assumptions, our draft Theory of Change takes tacit knowledge built up by our management team and sets it out in a way that we hope can provide some transparency about our work: why we do what we do, and how we do it. It identifies key problems and barriers, and sets out how we seek to achieve our goals and outcomes.
It was developed by Morgan Carpenter for discussion and refining at sessions with the board and staff of IHRA and Intersex Peer Support Australia between October and November 2023.
- The problems are presented ‘downstream’ at the bottom of the page, with outcomes ‘upstream’ at the top, so you might wish to start reading at the bottom of the page.
- The theory refers to misinformation and disinformation, and our documentation of these tropes and themes can be found here (PDF) (note: in their nature, misinformation and disinformation are confronting).
- We recommend downloading the PDF and making good use of the Zoom function.
- If printing, A3 paper is recommended, if available.
- An alternative text-only version is available here (PDF).
- Feedback is invited to email@example.com.
Acronyms used in the Theory of Change:
ABS – Australian Bureau of Statistics
ICD – International Classification of Diseases
IHRA – Intersex Human Rights Australia
IVSC – Innate variations of sex characteristics
LGBT – Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender
MBS – Medicare Benefits Scheme
PBS – Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme
WHO – World Health Organization
Thank you to Sarah McLennan at Malvolio for the graphic design work.
Goldsworthy, Kathryn. 2021. ‘What Is Theory of Change?’ Australian Institute of Family Studies. https://aifs.gov.au/sites/default/files/publication-documents/2109_what_is_theory_of_change_0.pdf.