Tools and Software
The tools and software are regrouped by alphabetical order, so you can easily search for the ones that will be relevant to you. Please feel free to inform us about a new one or to update the information about these tools and software: Contact us!
The Advocacy Progress Planner (APP) is a free online “logic model builder” designed to help advocacy organizations incorporate evaluation into their strategic planning. It helps you clarify key campaign elements: goals and impacts; audience; inputs; activities and tactics; and benchmarks that signal progress toward goals.
Changeroo is an online tool to develop and manage high-quality Theories of Change. It supports the development of a learning culture and helps turn a ToC into a living document of critical reflection and co-creation, offers a basis for communication and engagement, and eventually makes ToC thinking truly a strategic management approach to creating societal value.
Continuous Progress Advocacy Tools provide a step-by-step roadmap for planning advocacy efforts and conducting evaluations before, during, and after a campaign. Whether you are an advocate just setting your goals or a grantmaker knee-deep in execution, these practical tools help ensure that you are making the most of your efforts. Continuous Progress offers guides for both domestic and global issues.
Dylomo is a free, web-based tool that can be used to create interactive, online logic models. Its development involved a user-testing experience at the Canadian Evaluation Society conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada in June 2016, and was demonstrated at the Australasian Evaluation Society conference in Perth, Australia, 2016.
Free statistical software MicroSiris is a comprehensive statistical and data management package for Windows (Comparison with SPSS and SAS). Derived from OSIRIS IV, a statistical and data management package developed and used at the University of Michigan, MicrOsiris includes special techniques for data mining (SEARCH) and analysis of nominal- and ordinal-scaled data (MNA, MCA) and an interface to Michigan Survey Research Center‘s missing values imputation variance estimation and regression software for complex sampling designs, IVEware (included with MicrOsiris).
NVivo is a qualitative data analysis (QDA) computer software package produced by QSR International. It has been designed for qualitative researchers working with very rich text-based and/or multimedia information, where deep levels of analysis on small or large volumes of data are required.
QGIS functions as geographic information system (GIS) software, allowing users to analyze and edit spatial information, in addition to composing and exporting graphical maps. QGIS supports both raster and vector layers; vector data is stored as either point, line, or polygon features. Multiple formats of raster images are supported, and the software can georeference images.
Tableau Software helps people see and understand data. Offering a revolutionary new approach to business intelligence, Tableau allows you to quickly connect, visualize, and share data with a seamless experience from the PC to the iPad. Create and publish dashboards and share them with colleagues, partners, or customers—no programming skills required.
Theory of Change Online or “TOCO”, is an accessible, easy-to-use learning tool for creating and implementing a Theory of Change. It provides users with a flexible drawing canvas for building, editing, and soliciting feedback. A free version is available.