We launched a competition in October 2015 for offering two pro bono evaluation training workshops to one not-for- profit agency in the Great Toronto Area. We selected Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre and had a great time conducting these workshops for them and their partners. The first workshop was on Theory of Change, the second, on Monitoring & Evaluation frameworks.
At the end of the workshops, we usually ask the participants to tell us what is one or two things they would take away. We are amazed on how much we learn from participants just by asking this simple question. So here are three things that the participants in this group said:
1) Theory of Change is not just an evaluation method, “it is a way of thinking”. It urges us to start with the end in mind, and then “systematically analyze our assumptions and theory”.
2) Evaluation workshops such as these provide people with “time to think and reflect, we are all so busy that we do do do, but we need to slow down, think, reflect, and then move forward”.
3) Theory of Change process and workshops such as these allow folks to talk to the rest of their colleagues in an effective way, it “makes explaining easier because there is a framework”.
We wish Jane/Finch Community and Family Centre and their partners success in all their current and future adventures!