20 - 30 minute presentations
and 2-3 page information sheets with real-life current examples released weekly.
Facilitated by Samantha Abbato.
Guest presentations by Dr. Chris Skelly (Course includes 2 live-video Q&A sessions).
Weekly activities guided by easy-to-use templates, group discussions for directly applying the learnings to your own projects.
Comprehensive training guide
Complete downloadable resource with information, activity sheets and fillable templates that you can continue to use in your work.
Theory of Change (TOC) is one of the most powerful tools in the evaluation toolbox. TOC is a hands-on tool that can provide you with a step-wise and strategic MAP to guide not only your evaluation, but program planning and learning too!
This course is the ideal starting point for individuals and teams wanting to evaluate and improve their programs and other initiatives. Learn the tools, minus the jargon. Apply the learnings as you build an effective TOC that you can communicate with stakeholders and use as a foundation for evaluating.
*You will have access to the course content and software for 8 weeks, so if you miss a week you will have the opportunity to catch up.
PRACTICAL INTRODUCTION TO THEORY OF CHANGE
In this first session, we provide you the basic tools for TOC. You will be guided in using pictures and stories to begin to build your own TOC
mental models and stakeholders
Learn how to increase the power of your TOC as a collaborative framework and communication tool by gaining practical skills in eliciting mental models
research literature 1 - using it to build toc
We show you how to search the research literature to gain insights and how to use results-chains archetypes for further building your TOC
software and design - for toc communication
We introduce you to several TOC-friendly software options and the opportunity to trial them for designing, communicating and collaborating.
research literature 2 - creating an evidence base
Learn how to effectively use the research literature to strengthen the evidence base and increase the feasibility of your TOC
building complexity- systems thinking basics
Apply some basic concepts of systems thinking to future-proof your TOC, including: boundaries, virtuous and vicious cycles and balancing loops.