Logframe v. Theory of Change

Key Differences between the Logframe and Theory of Change

Logical framework Theory of Change
Often mandated by donors Often voluntary
Useful for showing step by step logic by which change should occur. Linear logicUseful for showing how and why changes are expected to take place. Messier reality of process captured
Show in a table and at a glance the basic inputs, outputs and outcomes for your work Show (usually) as a picture how change is likely to take place
May include assumptions/ risks Focuses heavily on assumptions/ risks
Rigid terminology and limited number of steps involved Is not rigid in its terminology and so is more free-flowing. No limit on number of steps involved

Source: adapted from IDS

Tools4Dev provides probably the best pictorial depiction of these differences. To view it, click here´╗┐

Where to next?

Click here to return to How to Use the 1-2-3 Method, here to move on to Step 1: Data Collection and here to return to traditional tools (ToC).