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Philanthropy University

Creating a Theory of Change

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You know what your organization does. And, you know how your organization hopes to change the world. But how exactly does each of your activities lead to change? Are you, your teammates, donors, and beneficiaries able to clearly explain and measure this complex process?

Theory of Change is a powerful tool for clarifying how you intend to create and measure change. It’s a foundational strategic process for any organization that hopes to make a measurable impact on the world. Whether you work at a new organization that is just defining its approach or at an established organization trying to improve its programs, Theory of Change can help your team to make better decisions, communicate your approach more clearly, and measure the impact that you are creating.

This course is for senior-level leaders and board members who are ready to improve their organization’s strategy by helping to facilitate a Theory of Change process.



Module 1: Understanding Theory of Change
Identify the components of Theory of Change

Module 2: Designing the Process
Design an inclusive, participatory process for developing a Theory of Change

Module 3: Facilitating Theory of Change
Lead your organization towards essential strategic decisions

Module 4: Refining and Implementing your Theory of Change
Develop graphics and narratives to share your Theory of Change



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