Theory of Change for Planning and Impact Assessment

International Development

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Many people make the mistake of thinking that Theory of Change (TOC) is either a methodology for planning and evaluation, or a compliance piece demanded by donors. It is so much more than this! Theory of Change is a structured form of analysis which enables more robust and “joined up" planning, implementation, reflection, and adaptation of programmes and projects at all levels.

During this course you will explore what TOC is and does, apply TOC to a specific planning task, consider how to facilitate TOC workshops with/for your partners, and use a TOC approach in the design of the methodology for an impact assessment (using your own case studies and examples).

100% of participants in our most recent Theory of Change for Planning and Impact Assessment course would recommend this course! Here are some of their comments:

“Mix of practice and theory was very good”

“I have more knowledge, I can elaborate better and argue about the importance of using ToC”

“Maureen is an excellent facilitator”

The cost of this course is £1615 residential (includes training materials, 4 nights’ accommodation and all meals for the duration of the course) or £1215 non-residential (includes training materials, lunch and refreshments). Individual coaching is offered to course participants at a discounted rate of £50 per 50-minute session.

What you will learn

By the end of the trainingparticipants will:
-Be able to describe what Theories of Change involve and the rationale for using them.
-Be able to identify how and when they should be developed and how they inform and complement other approaches to planning, evaluation and impact assessment.
-Have increased confidence in working through the steps and processes involved in developing and using Theories of Change, both for planning and impact assessment.
-Have worked through pre-selected case studies and reflected on their own work in order to explore and apply elements of Theories of Change to specific planning or impact assessment tasks.
-Considered how and when to apply learning from impact monitoring and assessment to reviewing Theories of Change, reporting to donors and to beneficiaries.
-Have explored ways to facilitate and promote Theory of Change approaches within their own organisation.



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