How we created the Theory of Change
Girls Not Brides integrated the collective expertise of more than 150 member organisations, partners and other experts to develop this collective Theory of Change. It endeavours to incorporate the opinions and feedback from a wide range of stakeholders, and maps out the critical strategies to end child marriage and support married girls.
The process adhered to several important principles:
- The Theory of Change was open to interested parties both within the Girls Not Brides membership (through the Girls Not Brides newsletter and targeted outreach), as well as to a range of other stakeholders engaged in efforts to end child marriage;
- To ensure the Theory of Change reflected the diversity of approaches among Girls Not Brides members and the broader movement to end child marriage, it consciously and proactively engaged with individuals and organisations from different regions and working on diverse approaches.
- The more than 150 individuals and organisations contributing to the development of the Theory of Change included civil society organisations engaged in advocacy, research and programmes, United Nations agencies, donors and government representatives.
- A total of 94 of our Girls Not Brides member organisations, and key experts from other partner organisations, participated in three webinars in English and French and gave their feedback. Others reviewed the documents presented and shared comments via email and telephone. The constructive nature of input received throughout the process was invaluable.
In 2020 the Secretariat engaged in a consultation process to review our Theory of Change. We will be sharing the findings from our consultation in 2021.
For more information on how the Theory of Change was developed and how to use it, read the background brief.