Building a strategy

Theory of Change Essentials – online course

By 13/09/2018

BOND is offering their Theory of Change Essential online course again next month. Rates are based on membership and the size of your organisation, and there are special rates for students and the unemployed.

This interactive, facilitated online course prepares you to develop a quality theory of change for your programme or organisation which meets industry-recognised quality standards as well as donors’ requirements.

You will be guided by our expert facilitator through the critical stages of the process, including power analysis, systems mapping, pathways of change, evidence and assumptions. Understand where theories of change add value, how they can be used to learn, adapt and assess and explain impact, and how they complement other planning and accountability processes.

Course dates and booking information are below.

Who is it for?

For development practitioners based around the world who want to learn more about theory of change, what it is and the steps to follow when developing a project or programme-level theory of change. Those applying for funding who want to be able to prepare a theory of change which effectively supports their application and demonstrates the impact of their programme.

No prior knowledge is required but all participants must be able to work in English.

What you will learn

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain what a theory of change is
  • Explain how theory of change relates to existing methods for planning and evaluation
  • Follow the steps required to develop a quality theory of change
  • Explain how theories of change can be used by organisations to demonstrate impact


The programme consists of two 3.5 hour interactive online sessions and a group assignment that must be completed between the sessions (4 – 6 hours’ work). There is a gap of two weeks between the two online sessions.

Online session 1 

The first online session will include:

  • Background, key components, principles and concepts
  • What theories of change look like
  • How they relate to strategic plans, logframes and monitoring and evaluation frameworks
  • The six steps in developing a theory of change
  • How to look at the big picture of change in relation to specific thematic areas/sectors
  • Stakeholder and systems mapping and strategic assets
  • Understanding potential for influencing change
  • Introduction to assignment case study


Between the two workshops you will work in teams on an assignment to develop a change pathway for the selected case study.

Online session 2 

The second online session will include:

  • Reviewing assignment set
  • Developing change pathways
  • Developing and evidencing assumptions
  • How to use theories of change to develop project and programme plans
  • How theory of change links to monitoring and evaluation and impact
  • Reflecting on and adapting theories of change
  • Learning quiz

Wednesday 17 October to Wednesday 31 October 2018 (afternoons) (times are UK)

Online session 1: Wednesday 17 October 2018, 14.00 to 17.30

Assignment: Thursday 18 October to Tuesday 30 October 2018

Online session 2: Wednesday 31 October 2018, 14.00 to 17.30

More information and to sign up click here


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