Using the Theory of Change for Meaningful Action

Thursday 7 March 2024 | 9.30am – 1.00pm | On Zoom

Members £40 | Non-members £60 | Maximum capacity 20

This half day introductory workshop will introduce you to the Theory of Change for creating meaningful action and show you how you can map out a theory of change and use it to plan small and large changes within your organisation, whether you are developing a volunteer strategy, devising new volunteering roles, tracking implementation, or measuring impact.

Every development program rests on a theory of how and why the program will work and lead to social impact.  A theory of change formalises this, representing how the development program will use resources to conduct activities that can lead to changes in behaviour and improvements in people’s lives.  It’s a great way to plan for meaningful change and action.

In creating a Theory of Change, important questions are asked: What is the goal that the program wants to achieve?  What does the program do?  What are the services arising from the program?  What are the real changes in people’s lives that result from the achievement of the outputs?  What will lead to the achievement of the goal of the program?

Whether you are developing a volunteer strategy, devising new volunteering roles, tracking implementation, or measuring impact, a theory of change lays out the steps necessary to achieve your goals.  It’s important to map out a theory of change to ensure teams have a shared vision and a clear pathway to achieve success.  A theory of change is a living document to be maintained and revisited to ensure it reflects the current program and its context.

This event will cover:

  • What is a Theory of Change, why is it useful and how is it different from a logic model?
  • What are the component parts of a Theory of Change? (Covering key concepts like assumptions and outcome chains)
  • What kind of models might work for you?
We will use a combination of teaching and practical exercises to answer these questions.

About the speaker

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Nicola Lynch is a Social Value consultant & Impact Management Specialist working across the UK & Ireland.  She works closely with Social Value International and member networks in the UK & Ireland, is an SVI Accredited Trainer and she holds an Associate Trainer role with New Economics Foundation (NEF Consulting).

Alongside her consultancy she has also recently been the National Lead on Civil Society for Social Value UK and specialises in supporting the voluntary, charitable and social enterprise sectors. She is one of only 20 practitioners in the UK qualified to Advanced Practitioner status by Social Value International and her work is informed by the very best principles of stakeholder-empowered qualitative research.

She supports a wide range of organisations to understand, articulate, measure and maximise their impact through the application of the social value principles – putting people and planet first. Nicola is a regular speaker at events and a popular purveyor of workshops, training & coaching on a range of topics relevant to improving the delivery, measurement & management of both impact and value.


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March 7
9:30 am - 1:00 pm
£40.00 – £60.00
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Online on Zoom