Southern Hemisphere

{Southern Hemisphere}{Unit 5, 1st Floor, Rozenhof Office Court, 20 Kloof Street}{Cape Town}{8001}{Johannesburg}{South Africa}{(021) 422-0205}
Unit 5, 1st Floor, Rozenhof Office Court, 20 Kloof Street Cape Town, Johannesburg
Phone: (021) 422-0205

+27 (0) 21 422 0205

+27 (0) 21 424 7965

Theory of Change 


Theory of change is an approach to project design that is widely used in development. It is used by project designers, implementers and evaluators. It describes a process of planned change while accounting for complexity. A theory of change requires the designers to think about assumptions that guide its design, the planned interventions and outcomes to the longer-term impacts it seeks to achieve.  It is both a product that helps to visually communicate a programme logic, and a process of articulating the implicit assumptions about how and why change happens.  This workshop introduces participants to Theory of Change as an approach, product and a process for programme design and evaluation. 

Attend this course if you want to upskill as an MEL practitioner or enhance your organisation’s monitoring and evaluation capacity.


Having completed the course, participants will understand:

  • Theory of change as a product and a process
  • Theory of change as an approach to dealing with complexity
  • How ToC, logic models, logframes etc. relate to one another
  • How to use ToC as a tool for programme design and evaluation
  • The importance of being clear about why change happens – linking pathways of change to programme theories
  • How assumptions and pre-conditions build your pathways to change
  • How to communicate a theory of change
  • How to use theory of change to shape your evaluation and learning

Module 1: Introduction to Theory of Change

  • An overview of the Theory of Change as an approach, a processs and a product
  • Combining Theory of Change with other planning tools (e.g. LFA)

Module 2: Preparation and development of Theory of Change

  • Assessing needs, problems and stakeholders

Module 3: Theory of Change process

  • Step 1:  Identifying long term goal
  • Step 2:  Identifying outcomes and mapping pathways of change
  • Step 3:  Operationalising goal and outcomes through indicator development
  • Step 4:  Identifying interventions
  • Step 5:  Articulating assumptions (theoretical and contexual) 

Module 4: Communicating, assessing and using your Theory of Change

  • Using visuals to communicate your Theory of Change

Module 5: Creating an Evaluation and Learning framework from a Theory of Change

  • Using your theory of change to design learning questions, an evaluation framework and report

Benefits of attending

Participants will be able to:

  • Develop a theory of change
  • Draw a diagrammatic presentation of their ToC
  • Use Theory of Change for an evaluation

Methodology - Virtual training

You will learn from the experienced trainer, from each other, and from practical application. 

A highly engaging blend of face-to-face online learning, group work and self-study, running over 2 weeks. 

There will be a total of 5 virtual sessions, and approximately 6 additional hours of reading and exercises.

Learning resources will be shared including videos, recording of online sessions, reading materials, podcasts, discussion forum, fun activities, quizzes, etc. 

You will be required to submit one compulsory assignment for certification.  


Southern Hemisphere has been a leading capacity strengthening in Programme Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning over the last 20 years. Our trainers, all experienced practitioners and facilitators, are excited to provide this course online. 

Your course trainer will be Wilma Wessels-Ziervogel and Elana Mancebo.

Wilma is a Managing Member and Senior Consultant at Southern Hemisphere, and oversees the training portfolio.  She has an MPhil in Monitoring and Evaluation Methods from the University of Stellenbosch and an Honours degree in Organisational Psychology from UNISA.  She has been working in the social development sector for more than 14 years.  Wilma has a special interest in organisational development and M&E.    She has provided support in the development of numerous Planning, M&E and Learning Systems and has extensive experience in course development, training and mentoring in Planning, M&E.  She is proficient at using Logical Framework Approach, Theory of Change and Outcome Mapping as PME&RL tools.  She is a skilled facilitator and trainer, having contributed to the development of most of Southern Hemisphere’s courses, and also having trained these both publicly and in-house.  Her most relevant recent capacity development services in programme planning, and the development of Monitoring and Evaluation systems are:  Ikamva Labantu (ECD programme), Women on Farms (Women and health programme), Nelson Mandela School of Public Governance (training for 11 countries funded by the Arab Development Bank), the Labour Research Services, IFWEA (International Federation of Worker Education Organisations), Comic Relief (Girls in Gangs Project) and Amandla Development (Education Programme). 

Elena Mancebo is an experienced consultant on planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning. Over the past 12 years she has worked for governments, non-profit and development aid organisations working primarily in the African continent by providing an independent assessment of their projects' performance; by drawing learnings that can help improve future programmes; by facilitating strategy and project planning; by building effective M&E systems that allow organisations to learn and measure progress; by facilitating training and learning programmes that build M&E capacity. She has recently worked in the fields of entrepreneurship and small-business development, affordable housing, education and leadership, youth development and collective impact, and human rights in Africa.
She holds a BA (Honours) of Social Science in Political Science from Madrid, where she is originally from. Between 2016 – 2018, she taught on Theory of Change for the Social Innovation Lab at the Graduate School of Business in Cape Town, and since 2017, she is a tutor on Social Impact Measurement for the Social Enterprise Academy Africa. Sustainability and the future of African Cities is her latest passion and she has recently obtained a postgraduate diploma and a master’s in philosophy in Sustainable Development Planning at Stellenbosch University

Where, when and how much?

Duration and time commitment: 2 weeks (approximately 26 hours in total, and 12 hours per week)

Dates:  to be confirmed 

Where: The course will be delivered remotely online via Zoom and Google Classroom. We will provide support for these platforms throughout the course. The sessions will be held in English.

Total time commitment: approximately 12 hours per week

Book now:   Email:


$ 315 / ZAR 4,700 excluding VAT

Discounts available 

  • Get a 25% discount if you sign up for the following package of 3 courses:  Theory of Change + Programme Design, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning + Designing and Managing Evaluation (Package deal: ZAR 18 296 excl VAT)
  • Early bird registration = 10% discount
  • Signing up 3 or more persons from one organization,
  • Signing up for a combination of 2 courses in one year (10%)

How do I sign up?


Tel: + 27 (021) 422 0205