One of the distinguishing elements of Frontiers of Innovation’s IDEAS Impact FrameworkTM is the development and refinement of three specific components. These components add specificity and interconnectedness to an intervention’s theory, development, implementation, evaluation, and refinement.

TSM ComponentsThese three components of the framework include:

Each component is developed with a focus on precision and clarity. In accordance with the framework’s guiding principles, the process is also informed by fast-cycle iteration, which allows for the flexible testing and adaptation of an intervention over time, as well as an emphasis on what can be learned to address the questions that are critical to improving outcomes for children and families.

Theory of Change

Learn more about theory of change and why it is a critical component of the IDEAS Impact Framework.

A theory of change (TOC) is a detailed set of beliefs about specific observable changes that are expected to result from an intervention. A clear and concise TOC supports fast-cycle iteration by helping to pinpoint why, how, and for whom an intervention works or doesn’t work. It also facilitates shared learning and guides decisions related to program development and materials as well as evaluation. Within FOI, all project teams work from a common TOC template.

Program and Materials Development

Hear more about the importance of intervention materials for program development and implementation.

High-quality, comprehensive materials are a program’s blueprints and include all of the information needed for teams to implement the program effectively, including guidance on strategies, targets, population, setting, duration, etc. These materials are closely aligned with the intervention’s TOC, facilitate ongoing development and adaptation, and increase program feasibility and scalability. Each program’s materials will be unique, but may include items such as training materials for interventionists, handouts for participants, implementation checklists, and fidelity scales.

Evaluation Plan

Learn more about the role of an evaluation plan and what makes the IDEAS Impact Framework’s approach unique.

An evaluation plan details the exact measures and processes that will be used to evaluate a program’s impact, and is closely tied to the TOC. In addition to the measures used for each intervention, IDEAS Impact Framework-engaged projects use a common set of core measures, which allows for data aggregation and data sharing across intervention sites. Data is shared and synthesized within a centralized data repository.

RELATED: Learn about the guiding principles of the approach.

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