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Theories of change

We have developed theories of change to underpin both of our funding priorities.

These models spell out our desired change over time, the desired outcomes of granting and the indicators that change is occurring. They will also allow for better evaluation of the impact of all funded projects.

The theories of change describe an ambitious desired state and help with decision making about funding priorities.

The theory of change frameworks will provide:

  • a living document around which all the Ross Trust’s activities are coordinated, organised and measured
  • a mechanism for a shared vocabulary for the Trustees and staff, as well as external stakeholders, in defining success for the Ross Trust and the grantee
  • an explanation of how an organisation’s work and relationships are contributing to complex, long term social change.

It will be important to familiarise yourself with the levers of change in these models so you can articulate the alignment with your project.

You will be asked to identify the relevant levers during the application process.

Our work is informed by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.

Click on the thumbnails below to download the Ross Trust Theory of Change for Biodiversity Conservation and Educational Equity.

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