This introductory course teaches you how to develop and use the Theory of Change impact design and assessment tool. It will introduce you to this practical change-making approach used by social entrepreneurs and change-makers to develop and measure impact initiatives. Whether you are wanting to create your own personal Theory of Change, an organization-wide one or a project level Theory of Change, this class will equip you with the tools for taking action and making positive change. This class is designed to help you get started using this approach in your daily professional activities and covers a range of approaches to help you make a positive impact.

Class Content

  • 01

    Getting Started

  • 02

    Making Change

    • What is Change?

    • Read: Why Make Change?

    • Read: Activating Your Agency

    • Read: Developing Grit

    • Read: Getting Projects off the Ground

    • Activity: Develop a Project Action Plan

    • Read: Sphere of Influence

    • Activity: Explore your Sphere of Influence

  • 03

    The Theory of Change

    • Read: Introduction to Theory of Change

    • Watch: Why Use a Theory of Change

    • Read: How to do a Theory of Change

    • Download: Theory of Change Worksheets

    • Read: Organizational Level Theory of Change

    • Read: Measuring Impact for Projects with Theory of Change

    • Read: Personal Theory of Change

    • Download: Personal Code of Conduct Worksheet

    • Download: Theory of Change Process Worksheet

    • Explore: Examples of Theory of Change

  • 04

    Taking Action

    • Read: Ideas to Action

    • Read: Practical tools for Putting Ideas into Action

    • Read: Developing an Ideation to Action Practice

    • Watch: Getting Shit Done

    • Download: Action Research Plan Worksheet

    • Read: Mastering Change

    • Watch: Mastering Change

  • 05

    Framing Change

  • 06


    • Additional Resources and Links

  • 07

    Next Steps

    • Continue Your Learning Journey!

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

Your Instructor

Sustainability provocateur, award-winning designer, 2016 UNEP Champion of the Earth, and creative changemaker pioneer, Dr. Leyla Acaroglu challenges people to think differently about how the world works. As the founder of the UnSchool and creator of the Disruptive Design Method, Leyla weaves together her skills as a designer, sociologist, and social entrepreneur to create highly immersive educative experiences. She is a renowned international expert on systems thinking and sustainability, running workshops around the world and designing activating experiences, gamified toolkits, and unique educational experiences that help equip people with the tools to intervene and change systems to make the status quo obsolete. Sought after for her unique approach to activating positive social change by design, Leyla's main-stage TED talk on sustainability has been viewed over a million times, and she is the author of several handbooks, as well as an op ed contributor for major publications like the New York Times.

Dr. Leyla Acaroglu

UnSchool Founder + Global Change Maker

What you get out of this short class:

  • What is a Theory of Change and how to use it to make positive change and get projects up off the ground

  • The role of theory of change in project, personal and organizational change

  • Learning activities for doing theory of change and developing action plans


Sliding scale pricing available for this course

  • Full Price

    This pricing level is for those who have the resources to contribute the full price in either one payment or two instalments. Your full price payment helps support those who otherwise would have a hard time accessing the course.

  • Supported Price

    This pricing level is for those who can contribute to the course cost, but not at the full level, however are still relatively comfortable with the cost. The supported price is equivalent to approximately half price.

  • Emerging Price

    This price level is for those who have either currency conversions that are distinctly unfavourable, are students, or are experiencing other hardships or circumstances that are impacting their ability to pay the full or supported fee.

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