During 2015, ASI worked on its ‘theory of change’ to define intended long-term impacts, short and medium-term outcomes, and supporting strategies to achieve them.  Developing a theory of change is an important step in setting up a standards system, to inform the design of the program and establish ways to monitor and evaluate its impacts over time.

Below – key elements to consider in developing a theory of a change:

ASI Theory of Change – version 2

The ASI Board and Standards Committee discussed an updated Theory of Change during the Board’s strategic planning processes and the Committee’s development of a Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Plan, which contains supporting indicators.  Version 2 of ASI’s Theory of Change was adopted by the ASI Board as part of the 2017 Strategic Plan.

Below – ASI’s Theory of Change version 2


[It can also be downloaded as a PDF file here.]

ASI’s Theory of Change will continue to evolve during the development and implementation of the ASI program, and questions and comments are always welcome.

ASI Theory of Change – version 1

The ASI Standards Setting Group discussed a draft theory of change during its July 2015 week-long meeting.  The focus of participants was very much on uptake of the ASI’s standards as a desired impact:  that companies will invest in and reward improved practices and responsible sourcing of aluminium.

Potential risks to success were identified to include:  insufficient membership growth, having too much complexity in the process, costs not matched by value, or an ineffective chain-of-custody program.

Potential success factors discussed included:  encouraging market pull from buyers, policy support at national levels, good governance processes, taking a risk/materiality approach to assurance, communicating the business case and added value, and taking a visionary and innovative approach.

The draft Theory of Change was open for consultation from July to September 2016, and the resulting Theory of Change was included in the ASI’s approved 2015-2018 Strategy.

Below – ASI’s Theory of Change version 1

Comments and questions are welcome to: