This workshop focuses on exchanging experiences and dialogue. We are delighted that this workshop is led by John Mayne. John is a close friend of the Evaluation Centre and the developer of the contributions analysis evaluation approach. He has authored numerous articles and reports, including several on theories of change and contribution analysis, and co-edited seven books. In 2006, he was made a Canadian Evaluation Society Fellow.
This presentation is a two-part session on assessing impacts through theories of change involving John Mayne and Sanjeev Sridharan. This session will describe why theories of change profoundly matter in assessing impacts. It will also serve to introduce how impacts are assessed in two prominent theory-driven evaluation approaches: Contribution Analysis and Realist Evaluation.
John will describe what it takes to develop a good theory of change. Some recent advances in describing, representing and explicating theories of change of interventions will be described, with applications from nutrition and agriculture. John will provide practical tips for developing useful theories of change and he will present his points of view from a Contributions Analysis perspective.
Sanjeev will argue that good theories of change need to be testable and will provide ideas to test theories of change. His presentation will draw on realist evaluation approaches to assessing impacts. Attempts will be made to be as practical as possible. Examples from evaluations of dance and homelessness interventions will be presented.