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Theory of Change is essential for planning, implementing, and evaluating social change initiatives, including those in relief, humanitarian, and development projects. It provides a detailed road-map outlining the steps and conditions required to achieve desired outcomes.

Through a Theory of Change, projects can:

  • Clarify project purpose and intended impact
  • Align efforts with desired outcomes
  • Test and validate underlying assumptions to ensure project viability
  • Steer projects more effectively towards desired outcomes

This approach enhances project planning and execution, ensuring that initiatives are impactful, sustainable, and aligned with community needs.


  • FOUNDATIONS OF THEORY OF CHANGE: Understand the core concepts and principles of Theory of Change and its relevance in relief, humanitarian, and development work. Learn how to develop ToC frameworks to articulate pathways of change, set clear objectives, and align interventions with project goals.
  • PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF TOC: Explore real-world case studies and best practices of ToC applications in relief, humanitarian, and development projects. Gain insights into effective strategies for stakeholder engagement, data collection, monitoring, evaluation, and adaptive management.
  • INTEGRATION INTO PROJECT PLANNING: Learn how to integrate ToC principles into every stage of the project cycle, from needs assessment and program design to implementation and evaluation.
  • ENHANCED MONITORING AND EVALUATION: Discover how ToC enhances monitoring and evaluation practices by providing a framework for tracking progress, measuring outcomes, and learning from experience. Explore tools and techniques for designing M&E frameworks based on ToC principles and using data to drive decision-making.
  • PROMOTING LEARNING AND COLLABORATION: Foster a culture of learning, reflection, and collaboration within your organization or project team.

All topics are supported by frequent, clear, practical examples and case studies from relief, humanitarian, and development work.

You can see all the sessions in the curriculum below.


This is a self-study training so you can work at your own pace. As soon as you sign up you will have access to:

  • More than 3.5 hours of clear, practical, step-by-step sessions (downloadable, subtitled video, accessible on all devices)
  • Discussion sections to leave questions and reflections
  • Frequent tests to check and reinforce your learning
  • A certificate of completion

This is a practical course. You will often be asked to pause and work through reflections and exercises. This is to support you in developing your own skills as you progress through the modules.

You can explore the early modules in the curriculum below.

And if you have any questions about whether this course is right for you, feel free to email us.


Your Instructor

Neil Kendrick
Neil Kendrick

Leading ELD Training with over 25 years of experience, Neil Kendrick from the UK specializes in Professional Writing, Reporting Skills, Proposal Writing, Results-Based Management, and Monitoring & Evaluation. He has trained professionals from hundreds of organizations in over 20 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts whenever you are ready. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
How can I start?
You can pay by credit card sign up right away. You will have access to the whole course immediately.
My organization is funding this course. How can I enroll?
If your organization is sponsoring you, and you want to pay by bank transfer, send us an email at [email protected].
How can we enroll a group of participants?
Relief, humanitarian and development work is a team effort. Please email us to discuss enrolling groups.
What other ways can I pay?
You can pay by bank draft, PayPal and Western Union. Contact us at [email protected] for details.
What support is available during the course?
Although this is a self-study training, there are Discussion areas inside the course where you can post any additional questions about what was covered.
Why are there two different fees?
We understand that different organizations have different financial capabilities, especially in the relief and humanitarian sector. To ensure our training is accessible to all, we offer a two-tiered pricing system based on an honesty basis. We trust you to select the pricing tier that best reflects your organization's budget. This approach allows us to support those who need it most while maintaining our commitment to quality and sustainability.