CECAN Seminar - An Introduction to Theory of Change and How to Design One

theory of change

16th May 2017 - St Martin's Hall, St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London

Registration & breakfast: 09.30am

Seminar plus Q&A session: 10:00-11:30am

Seminar Details:

Theory of Change (TOC) is not a novel evaluation tool in itself. As a member of a family of theory based approaches to outcome evaluation it has become a key approach to assessing the outcomes of complex interventions where implementation strands are multiple, causal paths are not straightforward and feedback loops do not lend themselves to a linear cause-effect analysis. Yet, all too often we seem to get ‘stuck’, visualising theories of change in linear models even in the space of complexity. Greater clarity of purpose of theory of change for complex                                                               interventions appears to be needed. Against this background, this seminar will explore different purposes and uses of theories of change in complex interventions and hence approaches to constructing and visualising them.  


Richard Allen, Principal Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, has extensive knowledge of complexity sensitive theory of change literature and practical experience of its application for the planning and management of complex programmes. Richard has more than thirty years’ experience in roles including senior management, consultancy, project and grants management mainly in the ‘not for profit’ and public sectors. He is a trained coach and, is following the Tavistock’s tradition in socio-technical systems in making Theory of Change and Theory Based Programme Management fit with the pre-existing groups, relationships, systems and ways of working  in an organization

Dr Kerstin Junge, Principal Researcher and Consultant at the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, has 15 years’ experience in the design and delivery of evaluations, and particularly evaluation of complex interventions, and in the use of theory based evaluation approaches. She is currently one of the lead evaluators of a major and complex EU-funded change programme in the textiles sector and has co-designed guidance, training and resources for organisations seeking to use theory based evaluation approaches in their own work.

Places on this seminar are limited, please therefore only register for a place if you are certain to be able to attend.

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