Theory of Change: Learning how to measure project and organisational impact

Theory of Change: Learning how to measure project and organisational impact

This CPD certified e-course aims to train and upskill professionals across all levels of seniority in building feasible and ambitious evaluation plans for their projects or organisations. As such, this course will introduce you to the Theory of Change (ToC) model to guide your programme evaluation. At the end of the course you will know how to build a ToC for your own programme, monitor it and help others to do the same.


The e-course was put together by an expert team from the RJ4All International Institute and the Policy Institute at Kings College London. It has been independently assessed by CPD evaluators, and is accredited.

Learning objectives of this e-course

  • Introduce you to the concept of evaluation, its importance and applicability in social programme delivery.
  • Guide you in developing a critical understanding of elements of process and impact evaluation, when to use which and how to use both in a complementary manner in their work environment
  • Upskill you in the development of a Theory of Change model, setting out the intended outcomes of projects and how resources can be allocated to lead to those outcomes.
  • Introduce and train you on establishing research questions an evaluation can answer, and how to identify indicators that enable to demonstrate the desired impact.
  • Increase your overall skills and knowledge of evidence-based decision-making in the third sector by integrating robust and comparable evaluation methods and their implementation into the design of activities.
  • Increase your critical understanding of evaluation claims across practitioners who develop a nuanced understanding of realistic claims when synthesis their own evaluation reports at the end of a programme cycle.
  • Practise the learning through a ‘step by step’ workshop that encourage participants to build their Theory of Change as they progress through the course and test the overall knowledge, skills and experience through a CPD accredited test.

Successful completion will lead to CPD (Continuous Professional Development) Certification. Where young people take part and are registered with one of our Erasmus+ funded projects, YouthPass Certification is also provided. The e-course can be paused and completed in your own time. The e-course runs for 2hours plus 0.5hours break (optional). There is an advance reading time (1hour) and follow up studying (5 hours).

Target Groups

  • Professionals across all levels of seniority.
  • Managerial staff overseeing budgets.
  • Young people interested in programme theory
  • Board members of non-profit organisations overseeing budget decisions.
  • External partners of non-profit organisations.
  • Researchers and evaluators.


RJ4All is pleased to offer this e-course at the subsidised cost of £20. We use these funds to support our Balancing Power Youth Programme including our COVID19 emergency relief project, and we do not make any profit.

For purchasing multiple accounts, the following discounts are offered:

  • 1 account £30
  • 3 accounts 5%
  • 5 accounts 10%
  • 15 accounts 12%
  • 20 accounts or more 15%

For group purchases, please email RJ4All courses & publications or call +44(0)7955728951.

This e-course is free for all RJ4All interns and volunteers. Please email to gain your free access.


    Professor Gavrielides is a leading international expert in restorative justice, human rights and youth justice. He is the Founder and Director of Restorative Justice for All (RJ4All) an international institute with a mission to advance community cohesion using the values and practices of restorative justice. He also founded the IARS International Institute. He is a Visiting Professor at the University of East London and a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the School of Regulation and Global Governance (REGNet) of Australian National University. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Criminology of Simon Fraser University (Canada) as well as a Visiting Professor at Buckinghamshire New University (UK). Professor Gavrielides is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare, Youth Voice Journal and the Internet Journal of Restorative Justice. He is an advisor to the European Commission’s security programmes, and the coordinator of a number of EU funded research projects on violent radicalisation, migration, restorative justice, youth and human rights. He has acted as an advisor to a number of governments including the Chilean and UK Ministries of Justice, the Mayor of London, the Council of Europe and the British Council in the Middle East. Previously, he was the Chief Executive of Race on the Agenda, as well as the Human Rights Advisor of the UK’s Ministry of Justice. He has also worked as a Researcher at the Centre for the Study of Human Rights of the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). He has published extensively on various social justice issues, restorative justice, equality and race equality, human rights and youth justice. His 2007 monograph “Restorative Justice Theory and Practice” was published by the European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control affiliated with the United Nations (HEUNI) . In 2012, He edited “Rights and Restoration within Youth Justice”, in 2013 he co-edited ‘Reconstructing Restorative Justice Philosophy’ and in 2015 he edited ‘The Philosophy of Restorative Justice’ both published by Ashgate (now Routledge). He also edited ‘Offenders no More’ by NOVA Publishers (2015) and ‘Restorative Justice, The Library of Essays on Justice’ (2015) by Ashgate Publishing. He also edited ‘The Routledge International Handbook of Restorative Justice’ (2018). He has acted as the course convener of the following accredited e-courses: Continuous Professional Development e-courses: Induction to restorative justice theory and practice (2020) Theory of Change: Learning how to measure project and organisational impact (2020) Fighting COVID19’s impact: Identifying and dealing with mental health issues (2020) Resolving conflict and addressing group violence (2020) Conducting youth-led research: Informing and influencing social policy (2020) Restorative Justice in Higher Educational Settings (2019) Preventing Violent Youth Radicalisation: A restorative justice and human rights approach (2019) Safeguarding and Empowering Crime Victims Becoming a young entrepreneur (2019) Empowering Professionals to work with Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic Young Carers (2018) Transferring young carers’ skills, knowledge and experiences into employment and educational settings. (2018) Upskilling youth professionals to work with young people who had experienced gender-based violence (2018) Increasing young people’s public legal education on gender-based violence and FGM (2017) Empowering professionals to work with refugee and asylum seeking victims (2017) Academic Courses: Work-based Certificate in Youth Policy (accredited through London Metropolitan University)
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