Theory of Change Webinar Discussion and Activity Guide

Theory of Change discussion and activity guide  to support knowledge and skill development for individuals and teams and facilitate team discussion and targeted action planning.

Publication year: 2018
Capacity Building Center for States


Child welfare agencies continually strive to achieve better outcomes by developing, implementing, and evaluating practices and programs. A theory of change is a valuable tool that child welfare agencies can use to illustrate the pathway from where they are now to where they would like to be. This guide and recorded webinar are part of a collection of resources designed to help agencies use a theory of change to achieve stakeholder buy-in about what needs to happen to achieve shared goals, select the right intervention, guide strategic planning, and inform evaluation and continuous improvement. Gather your team to watch the recorded theory of change webinar to learn about using a structured approach to develop a sound theory of change, common mistakes in developing a theory of change, and strategies to prevent them. Then use this guide to practice skills, facilitate discussions, and lead your team to move learning into action.

Suggested Citation

Capacity Building Center for States (2018). Don’t Get Lost in the Forest: Using a Theory of Change to Set a Clear Path to Desired Outcomes [Webinar]. Children’s Bureau, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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