Theory of Change

Theory of Change (ToC) is the reference framework for articulating a plan to achieve positive social and environmental impact. Learn how to develop and make use of a robust ToC to strategise and measure your social impact.

Creating positive impact in a complex environment requires a sound strategy and plan. A Theory of Change is all about that. It helps you design a strategy for achieving impacts whilst clarifying causal linkages between your activities and outcomes.  It is a solid foundation for defining impact indicators and measuring impact. This course is a must have for anyone serious about pursuing impact goals and tracking performance.

Learning Goals

What you will learn

  • Beginner to intermediate

  • Exam and renowned certification

  • Bite-sized videos and 40+ exercises

  • 6 Hours of content

  • Downloadable tools and templates to support practice

Target audience

Who is this course for ?

This course is for you if you are working on designing or supporting social and environmental innovations that seek to positive impact. Whether you are acting as an entrepreneur, a programme manager, an employee within a public agency or a company with sustainability objectives, an investor, consultant or a coach, this course will help you build and evaluate the Theory of Change of impact initiatives.

Theory of Change

Course modules

The course is structured around 8 lessons guiding you from the foundations to more advanced practises to develop a Theory of Change.

This chapter will establish the foundation for developing a social impact strategy. To start with, an introduction of key concepts and common terminology will get everyone on the same page. Then, we will go through the key milestones in Theory of Change (ToC) development and you will learn how to examine complex social problems based on real-life examples. We will discuss how to formulate impact goals for your proposed solution and wrap up the first chapter by introducing best practices to effectively involve external and internal stakeholders in the process.

This chapter will empower you to translate impact goals into pathways of change connecting outcomes to the characteristics of your solution or intervention. You be equipped to confidently perform backwards mapping thanks to case studies and tools. You will learn how to define and assess causal linkages and assumptions between result.  This chapter concludes with best practices on how to create a compelling narrative of your ToC to mobilise your team and external stakeholders around your goals and plan for success.

This chapter will empower you develop a measurement plan based on well-defined impact indicators. You will learn best-practises for collecting impact data to validate and improve your ToC. Case studies, templates and tools will be provided so you can take steps towards measuring and managing your impact.

Team of Trainers

Get to know your trainers

Sharon Weir

Co-Founder of 4th Wheel Social Impact

Sharon has a MSc. in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She co-founded 4th Wheel Social Impact in 2010 and has designed and implemented more than 100 research, evaluation and communication projects in the public and private sector across domains spanning from education to health, women empowerment and CSR.

Tatjana Mauthofer

Senior M&E Specialist at Mainlevel Consulting

Holding a M.A. in International Development Studies, Tatjana is a senior expert in monitoring and evaluation and social impact management at Mainlevel. She advises development and social impact organizations worldwide (e.g. GIZ, UNWomen, Fairtrade Germany) in building their Theory of Change and in conceptualizing frameworks to measure outcomes with innovative and participatory evaluation approaches.
Course Partner

More about 4th Wheel Social Impact

As a research and advisory firm, 4th Wheel provides valid and sophisticated insights to social welfare programmes to enable data-driven decisions. Practical and culturally relevant social impact assessment strategies are designed for organisations that involve all stakeholders, not just evaluation experts. Impact evaluation is incorporated into programme design by developing contextual Theory of Change (ToC) frameworks and building impact-focused solutions.

Course Partner

More about Mainlevel Consulting

Mainlevel provides services in monitoring, evaluation and digitalisation to organisations in the public and private sector. From developing digital monitoring systems and conducting evaluations to strategic guidance on digitalisation and developing IT solutions, they are committed to enabling our clients to manage complex programmes more effectively and efficiently.

Delivery mode

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Certificate of completion

After finishing the training and successfully passing the final examination, you can earn the course Official Certificate of Completion co-delivered by Mainlevel Consulting, 4th Wheel Social Impact and Efiko Academy.

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This course is mainly designed for social entrepreneurs, NGO leaders, Measurement & Evaluation officers and intermediaries supporting social purpose organisations. While prior practical experience is a plus, it is no pre-requisite to start the course. The complexity of the content increases with every chapter but many examples, exercises and case studies will help you build self-confidence and deep understanding of each step of the journey. 

Yes, a certificate signed by 4th Wheel Social Impact, Mainlevel Consulting and Efiko Academy, is provided upon completion of the course.

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For now, the course is only available in English.

The content will soon be subtitled in various languages.

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Yes, we do offer reimbursement on the course in case you’re not satisfied with it. The reimbursement applies following these conditions:
a) Up to 15 calendar days after you enrolled to the course or up until 5 days after the introductory session if you register as Social Learner;
b) The guarantee applies up until you consume 20% of the course content;
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