Theory of Change – Advanced

Following on from our introductory Theory of Change (ToC) course, this advanced session will enable to you expand and refine your ToC, and think more about how to present and use it in a variety of settings.

Level: Advanced
Trainer: Jenny Wildblood
Date: Tuesday 5 July, 2022 - 09:30 to 13:30
Prices: Full members £55.00, Affiliates £77.00, Non members £94.00

What is this course about?



This course is about developing from a basic ToC to a more sophisticated model. The course will enable you to make the best use of your ToC.

  • Having set out your outputs and outcomes, add your assumptions and evidence to test and clarify key activities.
  • Extend the planned results to set out measures and indicators for evaluation.
  • Develop versions of the ToC for different audiences.

What will you learn?

  • What goes into a complete ToC – levels of detail, selecting what’s appropriate for different uses.
  • Different ways to present and use your ToC, e.g. planning, evaluation, etc.
  • Create a sophisticated model of ToC to support larger scale services or programmes.

Why is it this course relevant or important at the moment?

Clarifying the outputs, outcomes and the assumptions that underpin your organisation’s work is increasingly required by funders, investors and comissioners. It also helps to ensure your organisation is focusing on the areas where it can have the most impact for service users, and this is especially crucial at the moment when almost all charities and social enterprises are under pressure due to Covid and increased demand. A clear ToC helps to ensure your group’s resources are deployed to create most social impact.  It also helps to identify potential partnerships and collaborations by highlighting where working together with other organisations could produce mutual benefits.

Who is this course for?

Senior staff and Trustees/Directors with responsibility for, and knowledge of, their organisations strategic development and impact.


  • Standard price: £94

Voscur membership is free for small organisations. If you would like to benefit from VCSE Academy discounts and other benefits, you can register for Voscur membership today Discounted rates for Voscur Members and Affiliates: Voscur Members: £55  Voscur Affiliates: £77

Quote from previous participant:

‘It's been a chance to reflect on things I don't take the time to reflect on. It's going to affect the way I am thinking & mapping out work - and give me something more solid to work from for funding applications’

What else do you need to know?

In order to benefit from this course you will need to have either attended “Theory of Change” or have already been involved in work towards a ToC  for your organisation. Please bring your draft or current ToC with you. We hope to run this course as a face-to-face course, which would take place at a central Bristol location and follow up to date government social distancing guidelines. Lunch is not provided. Voscur will be monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and you will be notified if this course needs to be moved online. We would make this decision in line with local and national health advice, and to safeguard the health of our attendees and staff. If the course runs online, to take part, you will need a laptop with a camera, microphone, and Wi-Fi. You won't need any other software. You will be emailed either the venue details or an invitation with a link to join the online training the day before the course. For more information about coronavirus, see 

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