Colorado Nonprofit Association will continue to offer educational and training opportunities for nonprofit professionals while following government guidelines and public health recommendations to keep our community safe. This session will be presented virtually via Zoom technology at no cost to participants. Contact Nick DiTulio (firstname.lastname@example.org) with thoughts or questions.
Is your organization grappling with evaluations and indicators that you feel don’t adequately tell your impact story? Are you confused by the differences between a logic model and a Theory of Change? This training will help.
A Theory of Change is both a process and a product that helps you and your organization’s stakeholders describe complex social and development interventions. Theories of Change can take different forms, including a traditional logic model and much more. Regardless of form, they should explain the problem your organization addresses, who you serve, what you do, and the multiple levels of outcomes that result from your work.
Many grant makers and governments are now expecting their grantees to share a coherent Theory of Change. Not only is a ToC an effective communications tool – it also helps managers design (or redesign) programs, and it helps everyone understand how their work contributes to the broader mission. Finally, a strong Theory of Change helps us determine which data to collect and report on.
Creating a ToC is fun, and something many organizations can do themselves – if you can navigate a few common roadblocks. Together we will explore the elements of a Theory of Change, options for facilitation, options for representing your theory visually, recap the questions you should be asking as a team at each step along the way. You will also learn about how your theory of change will inform regular performance indicators and episodic research or evaluation.
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