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Master Class on Theory of Change

2-4 March 2020


Venue: Room Mate, IJDok 6, 1013 MM Ámsterdam, The Netherlands


Language of Training: English

Facilitators: Heléne Clark, Rick Davis, Sara Vaca, Steve Powell and Simon Penhall


Objectives of the sessions


By the end of the Master Class participants will:

  • Have a concrete understanding of the purpose and different uses of the TOC

  • Understand the essential steps of designing a TOC

  • Be able to understand the fit of the TOC within M&E and other organisational processes

  • Understand different applications and lessons learnt in applying the TOC

  • Develop/Revise a TOC process for your programme

  • Understand the use of TOC for other purposes than just M&E

  • Be able to sensitise others on TOC


Intended audience

This Master Class is intended for professionals engaged in the designing, management, implementation and evaluation of development programmes. While some knowledge of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) is useful, it is not a requirement for this Master Class. Persons can also have no prior knowledge or experience with TOCs


Core content areas

  • Introduction and historical background of TOC

  • Exploring the difference between the TOC, Logical Framework etc.

  • Steps to design the TOC

  • Exploring the criteria for a 'good' TOC

  • Assessing when to use TOC (does every intervention need a TOC?)

  • Evaluability of TOCs

  • Tips to aid in the visualisations of TOCs

  • Demo of TOC software

  • Case studies 

  • Issues to consider when designing the TOC

  • Strategies and tools to help participants to build capacity of TOC development within their own organisations

  • Time to reflect on the sessions and to receive practical guidance and advice on actual TOCs from the participants' organisations



  • Three (3) day face-to-face course which will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  •  Group work sessions to work on cases pertaining to the TOC



The detailed agenda will be available shortly.



Early Bird Special for persons who register before midnight, 31 December 2019, € 995 per person

Regular Price for persons who register on or after midnight, 31 December 2019, €1250 per person

A few rooms have been blocked for this event at the venue. As such special discounted rates are provided for persons who book their stay at the Room Mate


What’s included in the Cost

  • Course Materials

  • Access to premium resource materials

  • Access to a Theory of Practice closed community

  • Lunch and light refreshments for duration of the Master Class

  • Unique opportunity to get direct feedback on your TOC from 5 of the leading experts in the industry

  • Access to the recordings of the plenary sessions that can be used for capacity building in organisations 



Due to the hands-on and participatory nature of the Master Class, the size of the event is limited.  Though the deadline for registering is 1 March 2020, once the maximum number of participants is reached, registration will be closed. As such, please register as early as possible by clicking the button below.


More information

For more information about this Master Class, get in touch via


​​​Ann-Murray Brown

Monitoring, Evaluation and
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