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Theory of Change & Strategic Planning – Cape Town, South Africa: 24 - 28 Sep 2018

This course gives you the opportunity to better understand how social change happens and your contribution 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 12 month period) you will receive our Certificate in Applied Evaluation.

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-stakeholder processes. You critically reflect on the latest thinking around Theory of Change and Strategic Planning. Where possible it is useful to have two people attend from the same organisation.

What you will learn

Innovative-teaching-learning methodologies are used to explore different dynamics and through group work you understand the key concept of Theory of Change and Strategic Planning. We critically reflect on our assumptions and their effect on influencing change. By the end of the course you are able to assess and analyse the impact you have contributed by applying participatory and other development methodologies.

Daily Course Objectives

Subject to change to reflect participants’ needs.

Day 1

Overview of Theory of Change and Strategic Planning Contribution Assessment
- definitions and key concepts
- relationship with M&E: complementarities and innovations
- Desired Change: understanding how change happens
- Conditions of Change

Day 2

Developing a Theory of Change
- assess our work: Attribution or Contribution to change?
- Contribution Assessment versus Impact Assessment
- 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

Strategic Planning framework and participatory methodologies
- assessing contribution to change
- participatory methods and tools for contribution assessment
- reflect on our assessment practices

Day 5

Returning to work and integrating learning into practice
- revisit our M&E system from a contribution assessment perspective
- meta-skills for facilitating Theory of Change processes
- learning synthesis and steps forward.

How long: 5 days

Cost: £2350

Where and when:

Cape Town, South Africa: 24 - 28 Sep 2018
Bangkok, Thailand: 12 - 16 Nov 2018

We can also offer in-house training tailored specifically for your organisations’ needs.

To find out more please visit our website
Or call us on +44(0)1273 833030 or email us at

IMA International,
Drummond House,
89 High Street,
West Sussex,
BN6 9RE,

Organisation IMA International