Theory of Change - An Evaluation Methodology to Accelerate Learning

Resource Type: Audio Seminar | Speaker: Tom Kelly and Paul Born
Tom Kelly

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In this podcast, Tom Kelly, Vice President for Knowledge, Evaluation and Learning with the Hawai'i Community Foundation shares his experience in using the Theory of Change methodology for evaluating complex community change efforts and how it can be used to accelerate impact.

At Tamarack, we consider the Theory of Change Methodology to be one of the most significant for understanding to large scale collaboration. Listen as Tom - one of the key Thought-Leaders at Tamarack's 2013 CCI: Accelerating Impact in Edmonton in October 2013 - shares from his experience using this methodology to evaluate the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s ten-year community change initiative Making Connection - an initiative focused on developing family economic success which operates in several communities across the United States.

Tom also shares more information about his recent work measuring the impact of civic engagement and identify indicators of social change with the Building Movement Project.

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Those who participated in the tele-learning call were able to ask questions and share their own experiences. Listen to these questions and ideas below.

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About the Speaker

Tom Kelly is the Vice President for Knowledge, Evaluation and Learning with the Hawai'i Community Foundation shares his experience in using the Theory of Change methodology for evaluating complex community change efforts and how it can be used to accelerate impact.

Tom is an evaluation trainer, coach, coordinator, facilitator, and investor of promising community change efforts. In his role, he often finds himself acting as a translator and broker between foundation Program Officers and evaluators. Prior to his current role, Tom managed evaluation investments and capacity-building at The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a national philanthropy focused on achieving better outcomes for America’s most vulnerable children and families. Tom is a graduate of Harvard University.

At Tamarack, we consider the Theory of Change Methodology to be one of the most significant for understanding to large scale collaboration. Listen as Tom - one of the key Thought-Leaders at Tamarack's 2013 CCI: Accelerating Impact in Edmonton in October 2013 - shares from his experience using this methodology to evaluate the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s ten-year community change initiative Making Connection - an initiative focused on developing family economic success which operates in several communities across the United States.