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Creating a theory of change: An introduction for funders

When Feb 28, 2019
from 10:00 AM to 04:30 PM
Where NPC, 4th Floor, Harling House, 47-51 Great Suffolk Street, SE1 0BS
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Attendees Our training is designed for grant-makers, corporate funders, and philanthropists who are considering using the tool to guide their work in a more strategic direction. The session will cover what we mean by the concept, how to create a theory of change and decide what form it should take, and then use it to underpin learning and improvement. It will also help you to assess when it is—and is not—appropriate, and if and how you should encourage grantees to develop their own.
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The theory of change approach is well known and used among charities, and now funders are increasingly drawn to its benefits. As both a process and a product, it encourages organisations to question how they influence change in a given context, drawing on evidence and learning, and map the steps leading to a desired outcome.

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The theory of change approach is well known and used among charities, and now funders are increasingly drawn to its benefits. As both a process and a product, it encourages organisations to question how they influence change in a given context, drawing on evidence and learning, and map the steps leading to a desired outcome.

With a group size of no more than 15, the workshop will be interactive and hands-on, and will be led by one of our experts in this area. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The training will help you:

  • Understand the model: learn what it is, where it comes from, and how it can be used to benefit your organisation.
  •  Consider different types of theory of change: decide what form of theory of change your grant-making comes under.
  • Create your own: identify your end goal, and apply backwards mapping to your own organisation (or a programme) to identify and prioritise your outcomes.
  • Use it to inform internal discussions, collecting the views of staff from across your organisation to achieve consensus and buy-in.
  • Decide whether to encourage your grantees to use a theory of change: learn about the benefits of theory of change for charities, and how you can encourage grantees to adopt the approach without overburdening them.
  •  Review your theory of change: think through how to get information to assess whether your theory of change is working and use it to review your strategy.

 

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