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Practical training to help boost your impact
Program Logic and Theory of Change are powerful tools for designing and evaluating effective services and social justice initiatives. Our training guides participants through practical processes to develop these tools, using real world examples.
About this module
In this module you will learn everything you need to know in order to develop clear Program Logics and Theories of Change, and to use them in designing robust projects and programs and measuring their effectiveness. We will guide you step by step as you develop logic models for real world programs or projects. Our tried and tested process will help you to clarify outcomes, explain how your work contributes to them, and clearly communicate your program design to stakeholders.
After completing this module, you will take away a draft Program Logic and a Theory of Change that you have developed, as well as practical templates and resources for ongoing use.
You will build your skills to:
- Articulate the key concepts of Program Logic and Theory of Change, and the differences between them
- Confidently identify and understand the various elements of a Program Logic and Theory of Change
- Design and lead a process to develop a Program Logic or Theory of Change, involving your key stakeholders
- Draft and finalise a Program Logic and Theory of Change
Who this module is for
This module is designed for people who have beginner to intermediate skills in Program Logic and Theory of Change. It is highly relevant to those working in and with for-purpose organisations, whose roles relate to any of the following:
- Research or evaluation
- Planning, design and development of services and programs
- Program or project management
- Quality improvement or stakeholder engagement
Format of this module
- Online: 2 x half day sessions
- Onsite: 1 x full day session
Our down-to-earth training is specially designed for social purpose organisations across health, community services, education, international development and beyond. Participants in our interactive workshops use real projects as working examples, with a strong focus on ‘learning by doing’. Our facilitators draw on their extensive experience in Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning to explain complex concepts in plain language, and help you apply them to your own context.
Here's what a past training participant said about this module:
It was just very well designed - the way they presented each section in a clear way with a consistent case study as an example, then followed up with the groupwork to provide immediate practice. The homework requirement helped too. I feel infinitely more confident (and less overwhelmed!) about program logic and theory of change now - their value and how to go about the process.
Our facilitators are Lirata staff with extensive real-world experience in designing and conducting Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning processes, as well as providing training and mentoring. Presenters vary depending on the session but often include Kate Randall, Alex Gruenewald, Katie Ronson and/or Mark Planigale.
Related training modules
Program Logic and Theory of Change provide foundations for designing a robust evaluation. We encourage participants registering for this module to also register for our introductory module on Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks (MEL-02), as these two modules together cover the fundamentals of MEL design.
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Training Program
This module is one element of our comprehensive MEL training program. Modules in this series include:
- How to develop Program Logic and Theory of Change (MEL-01)
- How to develop Monitoring and Evaluation Frameworks (MEL-02)
- Digging into data collection – Effective Surveys (MEL-03)
- Digging into data collection – Effective Interviews and Focus Groups (MEL-04)
- Synthesis, Sense-making and 'So what?' – How to develop key findings and recommendations (MEL-05)