Theory of change essentials online

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.

Course dates

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.

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

Course dates

All times are given in GMT.

Course 1 - Wednesday 26 February to Wednesday 11 March 2020 (afternoons)

Online session 1: Wednesday 26 February 2020, 14.00 to 17.00

Assignment: Thursday 25 February to Friday 26 February 2020

Online session 2: Wednesday 11 March 2020, 14.00 to 17.00

Course 2 - Monday 29 June to Monday 13 July 2020 (mornings)

Online session 1: Monday 29 June 2020, 10.00 to 13.00

Assignment: Tuesday 30 June to Wednesday 1 July 2020

Online session 2: Monday 13 July 2020, 10.00 to 13.00

Course 3 - Thursday 12 November to Thursday 25 November 2020 (afternoons)

Online session 1: Thursday 12 November 2020, 14.00 to 17.00

Assignment: Wednesday 11 November to Wednesday 24 November 2020

Online session 2: Thursday 25 November 2020, 14.00 to 17.00


You will be required to commit to

  • One hour of pre-reading prior to the online course
  • Two 3.5 hour online training sessions facilitated by our theory of change expert facilitator. This training will be interactive - as well as plenary discussions delivered by the facilitator you will work in breakout groups to discuss topics and complete tasks during the online session
  • An assignment between online sessions (typically 4-6 hours). You will work together with other participants to complete a group task by participating in conversations in an online discussion forum. This means that although you are working on the same task as others, you can work in your own time and space – you don't all need to be online at the same time
  • Trainer support is available and feedback will be given

Total commitment = maximum 14 hours over 3 weeks

What technology will I need?

You will need access to a computer or tablet with a microphone and speakers or a headset, and an internet connection. The course will be held on Webex – no additional software is required.

What will I receive?

You will receive an electronic copy of all course materials. A recording of the online plenary training sessions will also be made available. At the end of this course, participants who attend both sessions and complete the assignment will receive a certificate of attendance.

Course prices

Band 1


Band 2

Bond members >£2M annual spend

Band 3

Bond members <£2M annual spend

* 10% off if you book 8 weeks in advance; 5% off 3 or more bookings.

Contact us for special discounts if you're a student or unemployed.


off if you book early*


off multiple bookings*

Event dates

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 to Wednesday, March 11, 2020

18 places available

Monday, June 29, 2020 to Monday, July 13, 2020

18 places available

Thursday, November 12, 2020 to Wednesday, November 25, 2020

18 places available


Angela Kellett

Angela is an independent consultant specialising in all aspects of monitoring and evaluation including assessing impact and theory of change.