Developing a Theory of Change

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Developing a Theory of Change

How to map out your pathway to impact

3 hours


In this live online workshop, we will help you through the process of planning strategically for research impact. We will cover important decisions that you will need to make about your impact strategy.

First, you will self-assess which impacts you hope to achieve, and what change you would like to see as a result of your research or engagement. Once you refine your impact objectives and ensure they are realistic, we will guide you through the process of developing a robust and evidence-based theory of change, a dynamic tool that systematically conceptualize pathways for targeted impacts.

Through practical examples and hands-on activities, you will learn how to articulate realistic goals and objectives, and outline the necessary intermediate outcomes and interventions. We will explore various frameworks and methodologies for developing theories of change and discuss best practices for stakeholder engagement and collaboration.

This live workshop gives you the opportunity to develop your impact evaluation strategy in a supportive environment with other professionals and direct engagement with the trainer.

When you register for this training workshop, you will receive the following:

  • Live 3-hour online workshop on survey design led by Dr. Eric Jensen
  • Useful resources you can borrow and adapt for your work
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Dr. Eric Jensen

Dr. Eric A. Jensen is a social scientist with a Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge in sociology. Author of Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE), Dr. Jensen brings extensive methodological expertise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods social research and evaluation. Jensen has been working in science communication research and practice since 2001, beginning with a National Science Foundation-funded project on International Ethics and Equity Issues Relating to Biotechnology.

Jensen has delivered hundreds of training workshops on evaluation methods and evidence-based science communication, as well as leading and consulting on projects large and small on public engagement with research, impact evaluation, socially responsible research and environmental communication. Jensen’s latest book is Science Communication: An introduction.

In addition to being Director of Research at The Institute for Methods Innovation, he is a professor at the University of Warwick (on a career break), a visiting research scientist at the University of Illinois working on a Sloan Foundation-funded project on research software policy and a senior researcher at the Thriving Natural Capital Challenge Centre at Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

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