Theory of Change Masterclass
Theory of change is a research approach which sits well within the SROI framework. Developed by social researchers on both sides of the Atlantic, and growing in popularity over the last decade, a theory of change approach relies on stakeholders as key informants.
A theory of change can be depicted as a map, or a journey, linking the activities of a programme, intervention or organisation to the short-term, medium-term and long-term outcomes experienced by service users, and other stakeholders.
Gaining an intimate understanding of how an intervention creates an impact on the lives of those affected through qualitative approaches leads to better quantitative analysis and modelling at later stages of an SROI analysis. Before you begin valuing, you need to have data on outcomes; and before you collect data on outcomes, you need to make sure you are measuring the appropriate outcomes. A strong theory of change helps make SROI modelling easier, communicating potential impact considerations such as deadweight and attribution.
nef has developed proven templates to run storyboard exercises in workshops and focus groups in a range of settings, gathering data directly from service users. nef consulting has constructed theories of change for a range of programmes. We have found that the best SROI analyses are underpinned by strong theories of change developed early in the research process.
The course covers:
• The need for a theory of change in SROI analysis.
• When and where to use the approach, and with whom.
• Suggested process for engaging stakeholders, running workshops.
• Similarities/differences with logic models/frameworks, outcomes/impact maps.
• Writing and visualising the theory of change.
• Testing and verifying your theory of change.
• Communicating and presenting the results.
9.30am – 4pm Next date to be announced soon
nef offices, 3 Jonathan Street, Vauxhall, London, SE11 5NH