Overview

A theory of change is a powerful tool that helps organisations and initiatives plan how they will create change, assess their effectiveness and communicate to stakeholders. It is used widely by charities, social enterprises and public sector organisations. This workshop will explore what a theory of change is, how to construct one and best practice in conducting robust qualitative research.

This one-day course is delivered in partnership with industry leaders NEF Consulting (the New Economics Foundation). NEF Consulting has been delivering training and consultancy on Theory of Change since 2008.

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What you’ll learn from this course

  • The big picture: theory of change and its role in strategic planning and evaluation.
  • Talking in outcomes: theory of change and other impact formats
  • Collecting theory of change data: engaging with stakeholders
  • Using the theory of change framework
  • Next steps: planning, verifying and communicating findings

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Be able to describe a theory of change and when it is appropriate to use it.
  • Understand what an outcome is and describe the similarities and differences between a theory of change and a logic model or impact map.
  • Feel able to design a process and discussion guide for engaging with stakeholders.
  • Feel confident using the component parts of a theory of change and to communicate their strategic value.
  • Find a personal approach to visualising and describing a theory of change.
  • Plan for how you will test and communicate your theory of change

Who should attend?

Anyone looking to bring the strategic lens of theory of change to their planning or evaluation. If you have an existing project, the course will offer the opportunity to map out your theory and gain feedback.

Location and price

All our learning will be taking place in live online sessions until further notice. Joining details will be emailed to you in the run up to the workshop.

  • SSE Students / Fellows / Associate Fellows – £350
  • Individuals unattached to an organisation – £375
  • Organisations with a turnover up to £1m – £400
  • Organisations with a turnover over £1m – £425

How to book your place

You can choose to pay by credit / debit card or you can request to pay by invoice. In both cases, you will be redirected to a booking form that we need you to complete.

If you have any questions about the course or the booking process please contact SSE’s Marketing and Engagement Officer, Charlie Wright on 020 7089 9120 or email charlie.wright@sse.org.uk.

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Please note our terms and conditions: we can offer a full refund provided you give us at least 7 days’ notice (within 7 days you can substitute the participant for someone else).  

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