Theory of Change Training Curriculum
The theory of change (TOC) is often used as the development hypothesis for projects. It requires an in-depth causal analysis of issues rooted in evidence. Developing and using a TOC builds common understanding among stakeholders around the actions needed to achieve desired changes. Additionally, a TOC allows for efficient monitoring, learning, and evaluation based on a clear and testable set of hypotheses.
In this curriculum the authors present one method that aligns to the requirements of creating a development hypothesis for Development Food Security Activities (DFSA) funded by USAID’s Office of Food for Peace (FFP). Previous experience in program and TOC development, participant feedback from six years of TOPS workshops, and input from the FFP Monitoring and Evaluation Team all helped craft this curriculum. It is updated each year to align to the most current FFP guidance for DFSA implementers and to share newly discovered training tips.
Last modified: November 15, 2021