Leading with Theory of Change

Date: Nov 10, 2017
Time: 09:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Where:

Minnesota Council of Nonprofits Conference Room
2314 University Ave. W., Suite 20, St. Paul

Fee: $50 for MCN members / $75 for nonmembers Register Now!
 

 

Evaluation

A theory of change is a powerful tool that helps an organization articulate the connection between its mission and its programs, using the language of outcomes. It’s an organization’s story of how and why the world will be different because of what it does. A theory of change is an argument for why you exist and why you are effective. Because of this, a theory of change has important implications for the leadership of an organization – both staff and board. In this half-day workshop, we explore what a theory of change is, how an organization can use a theory of change, and the implications of a theory of change for staff and board leadership. The workshop is a combination of presentation, discussion, and hands-on practice. Throughout the workshop, participants will practice creating a theory of change for their organization and leave with strategies for continuing the work with the rest of their team. Because of the nature of this workshop, we recommend that when possible more than one person attend from each organization (either board or staff).

Principles & Practices

The Minnesota Council of Nonprofits is committed to offering training sessions that support the Principles & Practices for Nonprofit Excellence. This workshop helps us achieve the following:

  • TRANS 3: A nonprofit has a responsibility to establish clear performance measurements, compare results with other organizations when possible and share these results and methodology with its constituents.
  • EVAL 1: Nonprofits should have a defined, ongoing, systematic and sustainable process for improving their services, programs and internal processes, using methods appropriate to the size of the organization.
  • LEAD 3: Nonprofit leaders should actively seek to understand underlying causes of mission-related issues and use this awareness to focus organization activities.
  • PLAN 9: Nonprofit organizations should be responsive to community needs and actively engage and gather input from a variety of sources, such as the board, staff and community members, and other constituents.
  • PLAN 10: Nonprofits should confer with their counterparts to determine the need for services, the best practices in delivering them and the effective use of community resources.

Event Details

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Food: Coffee and tea will be provided.

Travel: Driving directions and transit options are available on MCN's website.

About the Presenter

Al OnkkaAl Onkka is principal consultant at Aurora Consulting. Al is experienced in promoting data-based decision making and organizational learning having worked in the field of evaluation since 2009. Al uses, and builds the capacity of others to use, an evaluative lens to help organizations develop, understand and improve at the programmatic and organizational level.

Previously, Al was an evaluation and research associate at the Science Museum of Minnesota. As a member of one of the largest informal education evaluation departments in the country, he led internal, local and national evaluation and research projects. Al has a master’s degree in evaluation studies from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy and Development and is a member of the Minnesota Evaluation Association’s board of directors.

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