Theory of Change

These skill building activities build upon the definitions of theory of change and the necessary elements presented in this module. They can be used to apply the concepts and principles to real world situations.

  1. Critiquing a Strong Theory of Change
    This exercise allows learners to critique an example of a theory of change for a mentoring program that is relatively “strong.” Critiquing a “strong” example allows learners to have a sense of the level of detail needed for each element so they can more easily critique and upgrade their own program’s theory of change, as needed.
  2. Critiquing Incomplete Theories of Change
    In this exercise, learners critique two incomplete or “weak” samples of theory of change – one for a community-based afterschool program and/or a University-based Student Service program. Critiquing a “weak” sample allows learners to better identify what’s needed/missing in each element so they can more easily critique and upgrade their own program’s theory of change, as needed.
  3. Writing and Critiquing Your Theory of Change
    This exercise allows learners to write out and/or critique the theory of change for their specific program and identify elements that need strengthening.

The PowerPoint slides and notes for this module can be used “as is” or adapted for training.


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