Theory of Change

Level: Intermediate

Category: Planning for the future

The course will enable you to implement a “Theory of Change” for your organisation. A Theory of Change sets out in simple terms an overview of your organisation’s activities so that its long-term aims, main areas of work, results and impact are immediately clear to potential funders, partners and stakeholders.

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Tuesday 20 April 2021 - 9:30 to 13:30

What is this course about?

Theory of Change (ToC) is a very useful tool for your organisation to use to define your impact, work more effectively as a team and communicate your value to external stakeholders and funders. The course will enable you to examine a basic or draft ToC and look at how to develop its comprehensiveness and increase its effectiveness. 

What will you learn?

  • What uses will we put our ToC to, and how does that effect its construction?
  • What can we add to make it more comprehensive?
  • Using data to inform your ToC
  • Evaluating and testing your ToC

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?

Staff, Trustees and volunteers with responsibility for, and knowledge of, their organisations strategic development and impact.


  • Around 40% off for Voscur Full Members on our half day courses; 20% off for Voscur Affiliates. Become a member today.
  • Full members: £55
  • Affiliates: £77
  • Non-members: £94

What else do you need to know?

You will need a good overview of your organisation's operations and strategic role.

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 an invitation with a link to join the online training prior to the course.

Following this course, you might be interested in booking our Advanced Theory of Change course, at the next ability level.

Voscur is running all our training online due to the ongoing public health situation with coronavirus (or COVID-19). This decision was taken in line with local and national health advice, and to safeguard the health of our attendees and staff. We are aware that many VCSE organisations in the city are focusing their efforts on providing and changing their services to respond to communities. For more information about coronavirus, see

If you cancel your place on a paid for training course you will need to give at least 2 weeks' notice in which case a full refund/credit note will be issued. Less than 2 weeks' notice will result in the full cost of the course being invoiced (not being refunded/credited), unless you can give the place to somebody else.  If the place is transferred to someone else there may be an adjustment on payment/fee depending on their/their organisations membership status.

If you have been offered a free place, or the training you have booked is a free session: if you do not cancel giving at least 2 weeks' notice and you fail to attend (and are unable to send someone in your place) an admin fee of £25 will be charged, we will invoice you/your organisation.


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