Clarify your Theory of Change

MEL Module 2

Dr. Jess Dart, CEO, Clear Horizon,  Carina Calzoni, General Manager, Clear Horizon.

In this course, we’ll be introducing you to theory of change, what it is, and how it is used to help develop a Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) plan. 

Learn the basic concepts, terminology and mechanics of how to clarify a theory of change as part of planning your Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) plan 

Course information

  • Mode: online
  • Pre-requisites: MEL Module 1 or relevant field experience
  • Cost: $450 AUD
  • Start date: 20 July 2020
  • Duration: 3 weeks
  • Intensity: 3 hours per week

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Course overview

Having facilitated over a thousand of face-to-face theory of change workshops, Clear Horizon are pioneers in the use of theory of change in evaluation contexts. 

We have mapped theory of change across many sectors and for many different types of organisations. We now bring you refreshed and updated theory of change in the world of online learning. This short course provides a step-by-step process for clarifying the theory of change for your project, program or initiative so that you are ready to develop a robust and insightful MEL planIn this course, we’ll be sharing well-tested and practical approach to clarify your theory of change in a group setting. We’ll also offer insights into what good theory of change looks like, as well as sharing lots of real world and practical examples. This course sits as a stand-alone course or as part of the full Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) online modularised suite of courses. 

learning outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand what a theory of change is and how it differs from other approaches
  • Apply the steps for clarifying a theory of change to a real project, program or initiative
  • Learn tips and techniques for clarifying theory of change in a group setting, and how this translates in an online environment using Lucid charts
  • Understand how theory of change can help you to build an effective MEL plan

Course inclusions

  • Approximately 3 hours of learning per week to fit around your schedule 
  • A great mix of text, images, videos and interactivities
  • Access to in-course discussions with peers and online mentors 
  • Group virtual sessions with a mentor
  • Indefinite access to the course content post formal course conclusion 
Want to know if this course is right for you, or have specific questions? Contact us at or (+61) 3 9425 7777  to find out more.
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Introduction to Measurement, Evaluation & Learning
Start your journey by learning key concepts, terminology, and the essential mechanics of Measurement, Evaluation & Learning.
View course overview.
Start date: 6 July 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 1

Clarify your Theory of Change
In this module, we’ll be introducing you to theory of change, what it is, and how it is used to help develop a Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) plan.
View course overview.
Start date: 20 July 2020
Duration: 3 weeks

Module 2

Build a Measurement Framework
In this course, we’ll be learning how to build a practical measurement framework based on your theory of change so that you can track your progress and final results.
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Start date: 10 August 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 3

Scope & Frame your MEL work
In module four, it will be time to get clear on what to cover when you are scoping your Measurement, Evaluation & Learning (MEL) work.
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Start date: 24 August 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 4

Craft your evaluation questions
In module 5 we'll cover why having a tailored and clear conceptual framework for the evaluation component is an essential aspect of Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) planning.
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Start date: 7 September 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 5

Choose your MEL methods
In this course, we’ll be introducing you to a smorgasbord of different evaluation methods, and how to go about choosing the right ones for your context.
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Start date: 5 October 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 6

Data Analysis and Data Weaving
Learn the basic steps of quantitative and qualitative data analysis, weaving various lines of data and weaving them together to answer the big questions that drive learning and improvement.
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Start date: 26 October 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 7

Strategic Learning & Engagement
Strategic learning is all about using data and insights to refine and adapt your strategy. In this module, find out why it's a defining feature of MEL and is the ‘L’ in MEL.
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Start date: 9 October 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 8

Reporting & Visualisation 2020
In this module, learn to select the right style, tone and approach to reporting and visualization for your context and audience.
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Start date: 16 November 2020
Duration: 1 week

Module 9

MEL Project
In this course, we’ll be putting into practice everything we have learned during the full Measurement, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) online modularised suite of courses into your own learning project.
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Start date: 30 November 2020
Duration: 2 weeks

Module 10

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Who is this course for?

This course is aimed at practitioners, social innovators and funders who want to understand how to build a truly effective MEL system for their project, program or organisation. While we begin with introductory concepts, we also cover intermediate to advanced theory and tackle complexity and the latest developments in the field.
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People wanting to learn how to use theory of change to clarify their project, program and initiative

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People looking for a refresher and additional insights into how to create a theory of change diagram



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Dr Jess Dart

CEO & Founder

Inventor of practical methodologies and highly demanded facilitator, Jess navigates complexity with comfort and helps her clients to become clear about their desired outcomes and how to get there.

Recipient of the 2018 AES Award for outstanding contribution to evaluation, Jess has over 25 years experience in evaluating and designing social change initiatives and strategies in Australia and overseas.

In October 2005, Jess founded Clear Horizon Consulting and is now CEO. She is also a board member of the Australasian Evaluation society.

Jess is passionate about developing and designing real world evaluation and strategy for social justice and sustainability. She particularly works with systems change interventions, large scale strategy and social innovation. After completing her PhD she co-authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) guide alongside Dr Rick Davies, which is now translated into 12 different languages.

MSC is well suited to evaluation in the complex emergent context. The latest innovation by Jess, Collaborative Outcomes Reporting (COR), is a collaborative form of impact evaluation.

Jess is also an active mum and has two teenage boys. In a quiet moment, she loves reading far-future science fiction and enjoys long distance running.

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