DEFINE PROBLEMS AND ARTICULATE A THEORY OF CHANGE
After designers deepen their understanding through empathy research, an important next step in the process is to define the problem they are trying to solve. Two tools CityBridge program participants use to equitably define problems include a humble “mad lib” statement, and a more detailed “theory of change.”
Theory of Change Overview
To simplify the core ideas of a Theory of Change, we developed an overview tool that explains jargon and offers several different kinds of examples based on ventures, and school models.
Theory of Change Template
This template builds on the Overview, offering a simple graphic organizer for design teams to articulate the problem statement, inputs, actions, and outcomes related to a challenge.
This example is based on the work of an educator team at Social Justice School and their partners at Gray Matter Educational Consulting. They wove social-emotional learning strategies into literacy instruction for middle school students. Design Fellowship, Spring 2022.