Strategic Planning

ActKnowledge’s full-service package begins with Theory of Change, proceeds to evaluation design and/or conducting discrete evaluation projects, and concludes with building organizational learning capacity through monitoring and evaluation systems.  Our services are structured to help organizations become outcomes-based—that is, to plan and track their work around the outcomes they expect to achieve. See clients and publications.

Our services cover the following three related elements:

  • A Theory of Change that articulates what the program or initiative is expected to achieve. As an evaluation tool TOC draws out the specific goals of the program and ties those goals to particular interventions.
  • Evaluation design and evaluation. Formative and summative.
  • Capacity-building.  The third step in aligning social change work around outcomes lies in building an organization’s evaluative capacity—that is, capacity to collect and engage with outcomes-related data and to re-evaluate and adjust its plans and strategies according to what has been learned. Social change initiatives will be more effective and efficient when organizations at all levels can collect and interpret data on the implementation and effectiveness of their programs and other efforts.
  • Testimonial

    • “The concept of a community school, though rooted in common sense, is often times difficult to understand. By addressing the needs of the whole child -- academic, social and family -- community schools encompass the intersections of the philosophies, languages and practices of several disciplines: education, youth development, social services and community development. The community schools Theory of Change model illustrates this complexity by identifying its various components, their relationships, and dynamic process which ultimately, results in real change.” Hayin Kim, The Children’s Aid Society, New York City.