Theory of Change: Align Your Strategies to Achieve Results
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Strategic planning that connects your organizational mission and strategies with your desired outcomes!
4.0 (6 ratings)
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Last updated 3/2017
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 10 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Develop a Theory Of Change using the free workbook provided
  • Craft a crystal clear mission for the organization using a step by step process
  • Test assumptions using double loop learning and design thinking
  • Define organizational strategies using a Logic Model, Balanced Scorecard and Skills Audit
  • Determine a target audience using a client description system
  • Evaluate achieved outcomes
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  • Nothing, Come Ready to Learn :)

** ACCORDING TO THE SOCIAL VELOCITY: "The Theory of Change Builds Vision, Mission and Strategy So That Any Organization Can Achieve It's Goals."

** SPECIAL FREE BONUS** EXCEL  WORKBOOK INCLUDED. In order to further improve the student experience, there is a free download of an Excel workbook packed with ready to use activities. This helps ensure everything is even easier to understand & even more fun and engaging! **

Are you a for profit or non-profit organization professional ready to take your organizational strategy to the next level? In this course, you will learn a step-by-step process to developing a powerful tool used by organizations in the private sector such as the WorldBank and non-profit organizations such as Oxfam and Standford Social Innovation to achieve their goals. This course covers important topics such as how to craft your mission, identify your target audience, align your strategies and reflect on your results. You will leave this course with a fully-fledged Theory of Change!

The contents of this course are all based on my work experience as a Policy Analyst in The Office of the Presidency of South Africa, founder of Grow2Lead, a leadership and non-profit organization in South Africa and a Data Associate for a leading Education nonprofit in New York City. I received a PhD from Texas A&M University and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the Bush School of Government. This course ties together both my theoretical knowledge and practical experience in a dynamic, practical and applicable way.


Students of this course will enjoy learning the step-by-step process to developing a Theory of Change and experience other useful demo lectures that discuss tools such as the SWOT analysis, Balanced Scorecard, Logic Model and Decision making tools.  Use this course to take your organization to the next level!


What are the requirements?

·       Come ready to learn :)

What am I going to get from this course?

·       Develop a Theory of Change for your Organization

·       Join a global community of students!

·       Superb reviews!

·       Use the model to achieve your results!

·       After this course you will have the tools / skills needed to craft a Theory of Change for your organization.

Who is the target audience?

·       Anyone in the for profit or non-profit field looking to align their strategies with their results.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone in the for profit or non-profit field looking to align their organization strategies with their results.
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Curriculum For This Course
31 Lectures
Welcome to the Course!
4 Lectures 14:41

We start this course off by diving right in! In this lecture you are exposed to what a Theory of Change looks like and how it us used.

Preview 03:09

In this lesson we introduce the Theory of Change. By the end of this lecture you will be able to describe the steps to craft your Theory of Change.

Preview 03:24

In this class we look at examples of Theory Of Change and start working on yours.

Preview 04:52

By the end of this lecture you will be able to collect your group's ideas and map them to the basic skeleton of the Theory of Change.

Features of the Theory Of Change
Phase 1 and 2: Craft your mission and test your assumptions
6 Lectures 19:32

Here we walk through a process to craft your mission. Move from ideas to values and ultimately to a mission statement.

Phase 1: Craft your mission

Test your assumptions, unearth your biases and cover your reveal your blind spots. Going through this process will safeguard you from missing vital information that could inhibit your success.

Phase 2: Test your assumptions

Why do some of the same problems persist? Is it because we are using single loop learning? Here we learn how to use double loop learning to address permeant challenges.

Demo: Double Loop Learning

Jamie Lerner, one of the greatest Mayors in the world used design thinking to turn Curitiba in Brazil into one of the most efficient and human centered cities in the world. He used Design Thinking to achieve this feat. We learn more here.

Preview 02:30

In this lesson we explore the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats model in relation to your Organization.

Demo: Conduct a SWOT Analysis
Phase 3: Define your target group
4 Lectures 11:51

In this lecture we define your target audience, differentiate your target population and map out an group profile.

Phase 3: Define your target groups

Here we walk through a step by step process to identify your target audience.

Demo: Identify your target audience

How to analyze powerful actors by their influence and impact.

Power Analysis
Phase 4: Describe your strategies
3 Lectures 07:45

In this lecture we outline your strategies and help you think through how you work so you can improve your results.

Phase 4: Describe your strategies

In order to achieve your mission you need skills. This section describes the process involved in conducting a skills audit.

Demo: Conduct a skills audit

Test your knowledge
2 questions
Phase 5 and 6: Determine your envisaged outcomes and reflect on your product
5 Lectures 12:32

What do you hope to achieve? How will you know you have made this impact? Here we define measurable outcomes and link them back to your strategies.

Determine your outcomes

The Balanced Scorecard is a powerful tool to measure your impact and track your results. In this demo lecture I briefly outline this tool.

Demo: Using a Balanced Scorecard

The Logic Model is the most popular program evaluation tool, used by organizations such as the United Nations, Natwest and RAND corporation. In this class we outline the basic elements of this tool.

Demo: Using a Logic Model to evaluate your work

You have created a Theory of Change! Now, reflect on the process to improve your product.

Phase 6: Reflect in, on and for action
Leading Across Lines Of Difference
6 Lectures 01:04:15

The world is a diverse place. As such, our personal and professional lives comprise living and working with different types of people. This diversity adds richness but it can also add moments of misunderstanding. 

The next section aims to equip all members of an organization with the basic understanding of cultural difference. In this section we look at issues such as religion, gender, race and class. Armed with awareness of these components improves your ability to foster inclusive, equitable and productive spaces which will ultimately increases everyone's results.

Look out for powerpoints and reading resources to download. 

As always, feel free to use the discussion board to post any questions and please remember to leave a review.

Happy Learning :)

The importance of multicultural leadership

The distinction between belief, non-belief, practice and culture are often blurred at best. This lecture unpacks these relationships. By the end of this class you will:

See the relationship between culture and religion.

Investigate strategies to use religion as a way of building inclusive conversations.


Is there a difference between income, wealth, and how a person sees the world? In this class, you will be exposed to the way in which socio-economic class shapes ideas, behaviors, and culture.

Socio-economic status

If we are all human beings, why is there so much emphasis on what we look like? This class unpacks race and ethnicity as a social construct. Taking this class will equip you with the skills to understand race and racism

Leading across lines of difference: Race & Ethnicity

Some census forms ask for a person's sex, while others ask for their gender. What is the difference? By the end of this class you will understand these differences and be able to see them in your surroundings.


Sex and sexuality has always been a topic of interest for millennia. By the end of this class you will have a greater grasp of what sexual orientation is, and how to be more inclusive to people of different sexual identities.

Sexual orientation
Bonus Section
3 Lectures 01:40
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Dr. Warren Chalklen is an education innovator who has taught over 41,000+ students across 167 countries using online and face to face platforms. He is passionate about building individual and organizational capacity in the fields of diversity, policy analysis, and data driven performance with softwares such as Excel, Salesforce and Balanced Scorecard tools. In his spare time he loves to travel and recently returned from a vacation in Brazil!