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Leaders in Sustainable Development workshop

Theory of Change: The What, Why, and How
Date: 16/02/23
Duration:15:30-17:30 (GMT)

Learn how to get the most from development projects using a Theory of Change in this online workshop

This workshop focuses on Theory of Change and how it can be used embed participatory approaches to conducting social projects. The session will cover what Theory of Change is and how and why it should be used to design and evaluate initiatives intended to support social change. Overall, the workshop will provide Scholars with a framework for understanding their personal approach and journey towards achieving development impact.

This session will cover:
• Why Theory of Change is relevant to research projects
• When to develop a Theory of Change
• How to develop a Theory of Change with step-by-step practical guidance
• Analysing the context for using a Theory of Change
• Baseline problem analysis
• Things to consider when implementing a Theory of Change: actors, stakeholders, networks, and power relations
• Analysing the receptiveness of the concept with your peers
• The anticipated actions and events that will lead to desired long term outcomes

The CSC’s Leaders in Sustainable Development programme of workshops focus on professional and practical skills and are designed to be interactive, with small groups of Scholars and Fellows taking part in each event.

This workshop will help to develop the following skill areas:

  • Analytical skills
  • Career mapping
  • Communicating to a lay audience
  • Goal setting
  • Impact planning
  • Independent thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Stakeholder management

This workshop is relevant for Scholars at any point in their postgraduate studies or research.

There is no prior experience needed to attend this workshop.

Before attending, Scholars should ensure they have completed week 6 of the CSC’s Understanding Development Impact training course on FutureLearn.

This workshop will be run by AccessEd, a non-profit organisation aimed at promoting fair access to university for all young people. Alongside running in-school programmes for under-represented pupils, they also work with researchers across the world, training them to focus on outreach and public engagement skills, career readiness, and leadership development.

AccessEd workshops are designed and delivered by qualified teachers and academics with extensive experience of training researchers across the UK and internationally.