STS led the design and facilitation of two training courses to strengthen Chemonics International’s in-house capacity so that staff may successfully incorporate theory of change (TOC) methodology and models into project design, monitoring, and systematic learning.
Working with Chemonics’ Environment & Natural Resources Team, STS developed the curriculum and related materials for two virtual courses focused on developing TOC and utilizing the Miradi software.
Course 1: Beginner (10 sessions) met four goals:
- Increased staff awareness of the evolution of TOC, how it evolved in the design of USAID programming, and how to approach TOC at the proposal stage.
- Improved staff understanding of the basic mechanics of TOC, including situational analyses, development of causal pathways, results chains, and key assumptions.
- Built staff capacity to apply TOC in project implementation, specifically as a foundation for adaptive management and learning; and
- Provided a basic overview of the Miradi software.
Course 2: Intermediate (13 sessions) met three goals:
- Provided an in-depth understanding of the evolution of TOC in the design of USAID programming and how to approach TOC at the proposal stage.
- Provided practical working knowledge of developing a TOC at the proposal stage, including a situational analysis and results chains, use as a foundation for developing the proposal, and adoption in project implementation.
- Built staff capacity to facilitate TOC sessions and assume leadership of training others in TOC in the future.