Past 2017 Events:


Beyond Boxes – Black, Mystery and Magic – Understand and Use the Theory of Change for Your Programs
March 9/10, 2017
Centre for Social Innovation – Regent Park, Toronto

Theory of Change describes the theory (or set of assumptions) that explain the steps that lead to the long-term goal of interest and the connections between program activities and outcomes.

This advanced two-day workshop will describe concepts related to theory of change, and apply the concepts discussed to enable participants to develop program theory including theory of change and action.

The concept of contribution analysis will be described in day two, and applied to the theory of change example. Participants will be engaged throughout the two-day workshop in interactive activities for an active learning experience.

At the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Describe and explain what a program theory is, and how this relates to theory of change and theory of action
  • Describe how theories of change go beyond logic models
  • Describe how theories of change can contribute to a contribution analysis
  • Apply the theoretical concepts shared to develop a program theory for a relevant program including a theory of change and theory of action

Strategic Project Management for Evaluators
April 6, 2017
Bond Place Hotel, Toronto

The sheer number of tools and processes in the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) can make it challenging for evaluators to know which tools to apply, and when. This workshop provides theory and hands-on experience applying four PMBOK® derived light-touch project management tools that have been tailored for evaluation projects. All tools can be applied using the standard Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Participants will work with two case studies used to illustrate project management in practice, with time for participants to share their own learnings and experiences. The workshop concludes with a facilitated session using a modified version of the PMBOK® risk management processes to help participants identify, and begin to develop mitigation strategies for, the risks most likely to affect evaluation projects. The course will enhance participant knowledge and application of project management tools and processes that have been tailored for evaluators, with a focus on:

  • Understanding the project management mindset of “define then deliver”
  • Hands-on experience applying light-touch project management tools and processes; specifically:
    • Work breakdown structure
    • Deliverable-based Gantt chart schedule
    • Deliverable-based budget
    • Deliverable-based project tracking and reporting
  • Sharing experience and knowledge on the topic of common risks for evaluation projects

This course presupposes a basic understanding of evaluation theory and practice, and is best suited for those with a firm grounding in its evaluation concepts.


Developmental Evaluation in Action: Facilitating Social Innovation in Real-Time
November 13, 15-16
Bone Place Hotel, Toronto

This blended course provides participants with introductory knowledge in the fundamentals of Developmental Evaluation (DE) and its implementation, including the role and use of the Theory of Change/Action.

The course is focused on how developmental evaluators track, document, and help interpret the nature and implications of innovations and adaptations as they unfold, and help extract lessons and insights from both processes and outcomes to inform the ongoing adaptive innovative process. (Patton, McKegg, & Wehipeihana, 2015)

Situational analysis and case studies will be used to authenticate the information being presented in order to equip evaluators with the practical application of DE within the complex, dynamic environments they may experience in their work.

Throughout the course participants will be invited to apply their learning to the programs/ evaluation activities in which they are involved.

The course will consist of a webinar and in-person session. An optional one-hour group consultation is offered to those participants wishing to present and discuss questions or issues concerning implementation of DE they may have.