The tools in this section address the question of "Readiness," or how prepared a group is to become involved in the constituent and community engagement process. This might mean exploring the status of the group's vision and mission, their relationship to staff, partners and constituents, and their leadership approach as part of an organizational culture conducive to social change efforts. The change agent launching this conversation about readiness might be an independent consultant, a leader or staff member within an organization or collaborative, a board member or other stakeholder. Learn more in the Readiness section of the Nonprofits Integrating Community Engagement (NICE) Guide.

Theory of Change Facilitator Source Book

This facilitator source book defines Theory of Change vocabulary, offers suggestions for preparation for group process, and provides a step-by-step explanation of what it takes to design a Theory of Change.


Social Service to Social Change: A Process Guide

In 2006, the Building Movement Project published Social Service to Social Change: A Process Guide for staff and board members of nonprofit organizations to learn to incorporate social change values and practice into their work. While it has many activities, understanding the “Transformation Process” on page nine is foundational to making lasting change.


Theories of Change and Logic Models: Telling Them Apart

A logic model can be used separately or in addition to a TOC, though the focus of a logic model is more programmatic. Two sources are offered here: (1) a guide to developing a logic model and, (2) a presentation that helps distinguish between the two.


Developing a Logic Model or Theory of Change

This section of “Other Models for Promoting Community Health and Development,” from the Community Tools Box, answers the following questions:
1) What is a logic model?
2) When can a logic model be used?
3) How do you create a logic model?
4) What makes a logic model effective?
5) What are the benefits and limitations of logic modeling?


Organizational Readiness Assessment

The Organizational Readiness Assessment is designed as a tool to help organizations explore the status of their vision and mission, their relationship to staff, partners and constituents, and their leadership approach as part of an organizational culture conducive to social change efforts.


Organizational Readiness Assessment-Facilitator’s Guide

This guide is for facilitators administering the Organizational Readiness Assessment Tool.


Movement Capacity Building

This fact sheet from BMP highlights some key differences between capacity building for organizational sustainability and capacity building for social change. It identifies nine areas identified as important building blocks of social movement capacity for nonprofit organizations.


What Does Social Change Look Like?

This creative exercise uses a series of images as prompts for a conversation about what group members associate with the term “social change”. (Adapted from the Visual Explorer® exercise developed by the Organizational Culture and Practice of the Board: Creating Access and Success for All.)


The 5th Discipline

In 1990, Peter Senge published “The Fifth Discipline” (later followed by “The Fifth Discipline Fieldbook: Strategies and Tools for Building a Learning Organization” in 1994). His books pulled together his extensive research into what different organisations do to build learning capacity – and why some organisations use learning better than others. This link to the Change Forum provides a summary of the book’s content and access to the book.


Wheel of Change

Wheel of Change Planning Template is a planning tool to explore what is currently in place or will be needed to embark on a social change effort.