Theory of Change

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.

Level: Intermediate
Date: Thursday 5 May, 2022 - 13:00 to 17:00
Prices: Full members £55.00, Affiliates £77.00, Non members £94.00

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.


  • Standard price: £94 

Voscur membership is free for small organisations.

If you would like to benefit from VCSE Academy discounts and other benefits, you can register for Voscur membership today 

Discounted rates for Voscur Members and Affiliates:

Voscur Members: £55  Voscur Affiliates: £77 

What else do you need to know?

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

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

We hope to run this course as a face-to-face course, which would take place at a central Bristol location and follow up to date government social distancing guidelines. Lunch is not provided.

Voscur will be monitoring the situation with COVID-19 and you will be notified if this course needs to be moved online. We would make this decision in line with local and national health advice, and to safeguard the health of our attendees and staff. If the course runs online, 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 either the venue details or an invitation with a link to join the online training the day before the course. For more information about coronavirus, see 


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