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Theory of Change and Strategic Planning Training

Our face-to-face training courses are currently suspended due to Covid-19. At present, we are adapting and curating these courses to online versions, while maintaining the main elements that make them an IMA training course.

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This course gives you the opportunity to better understand how social change happens and your contributions to it. It also provides you with innovative tools for strategic planning. The action-learning process you engage in enables you to develop a Theory of Change to support and improve your ability as a development practitioner.

If you attend this course and later attend our M&E for Results 10 day course (within a 24 month period) you will receive our Certificate in Applied Evaluation.

Duration: 5 days

The price of the course excludes VAT which may be added depending on where you live and status of organisation.

Why choose this course

This is an opportunity for you to engage in a multi-cultural learning environment that allows you to collectively explore how to facilitate multi-stakeholders processes. You critically reflect on the latest thinking around Theory of Change, and learn to use a Theory of Change approach to Strategic Planning. Where possible, it is useful to have two people attend from the same organisation. No prior knowledge in ToC is needed.

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What you will learn

Through a mix of interactive facilitation, experiential activity and innovative teaching-learning methodologies you will:

  • critically reflect on your assumptions and their effect on influencing change
  • explore how group dynamics affect the planning process
  • work on your project through a Theory of Change lens
  • understand how Theory of Change underpins Strategic Planning
  • apply participatory methodologies to foster ownership and representation through the planning process

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Understand our contribution to social change


Day 1

Overview of Theory of Change and Strategic Planning

  • definitions and key concepts - 4 Dimensions of Theory of Change
  • relationship with M&E: complementarities and innovations
  • desired change: understanding how change happens
  • conditions of change
  • ecosystem analysis.

Day 2

Developing a Theory of Change

  • assess our work: attribution or contribution to change?
  • meta-skills and self-development in the ToC process
  • explore pathways of change: alternative ways to contribute to change
  • the power of assumptions: how does our thinking affect our actions?

Day 3

Complexity, power and learning for social change

  • stakeholder engagement: understanding complexity and power dynamics
  • develop pathways of change: alternative ways to contribute to change
  • indicators of change: how we know we are contributing to change.

Day 4

Scenario Planning for Adaptive Strategies

  • Scenario Building to improving contribution strategies
  • 6 steps for future planning
  • reflect on our assessment practices

Day 5

Returning to work and integrating learning into practice

  • revisit our M&E system from a different perspective
  • meta-skills for facilitating Theory of Change processes
  • learning synthesis and steps forward
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