Leading through Learning: Theory of action

A theory of action often is written in the format: “If we do X (actions), then Y (outcomes) will occur. As a result, we will achieve Z (impacts).” Follow the steps below to articulate your theory of action. See Chapter 2 of the Leading through Learning Toolkit for more detailed directions on use.

    1. Record your guiding vision in the “As a result” box. 
    2. Write your shorter-term outcomes in “Then” boxes located in the middle row of the template. 
    3. Write your high-level actions in the “If” boxes located in the top row of the template. 
    4. Review the whole theory of action for alignment, clarity, user-centered communication, logic, feasibility, and power for inspiration. Adjust the strategy as necessary.