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.