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Theory of Change and Strategic Planning

This is an opportunity for you to engage in a multi-cultural learning environment that allows you to collectively explore how to facilitate multi-stakeholders processes.

What you will learn

Innovative teaching-learning methodologies are used to explore different dynamics and through group work you understand the key concepts of Theory of Change and Strategic Planning. We critically reflect on our assumptions and their effect on influencing change. Applying participatory and other development methodologies you see your project through a Theory of Change lens.


Daily Course Objectives

Day 1

Overview of Theory of Change and Strategic Planning

  • definitions and key concepts - 4 Dimensions of Theory of Change
  • relationship with M&E: complementarities and innovations
  • desired change: understanding how change happens
  • conditions of change
  • ecosystem analysis.

Day 2

Developing a Theory of Change

  • assess our work: attribution or contribution to change?
  • meta-skills and self-development in the ToC process
  • 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

Scenario Planning for Adaptive Strategies

  • Scenario Building to improving contribution strategies
  • 6 steps for future planning
  • reflect on our assessment practices

Day 5

Returning to work and integrating learning into practice

  • revisit our M&E system from a different perspective
  • meta-skills for facilitating Theory of Change processes
  • learning synthesis and steps forward


16 Sep 2019 @ 09:00 am

20 Sep 2019 @ 05:00 pm

Duration: 4 days, 8 hours


Atlantic Imbizo

301, Clock Tower Silo Centre, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, V & A Waterfront,

8001 Cape Town

South Africa

Organised by

IMA International

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