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Theory of Change: What It Is, and What People Think It Is
March 2, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pmFree
Funders, consultants, and other stakeholders often ask about an organization’s theory of change, but there is much confusion over what this tool is and what it’s supposed to accomplish. This presentation introduces a framework for understanding both what a theory of change is and how we often misinterpret it. Attendees will leave the presentation with knowledge of how to design a complete theory of change and how to make sense of the confusion surrounding this concept.
Maoz (Michael) Brown is head of research at the Wharton Social Impact Initiative, a center at the Wharton School of Business focused on training and research on social enterprise, impact investing, and corporate social responsibility. In addition to his position at Wharton, he maintains an active consulting practice and has worked with clients such as the Kellogg Foundation, the Urban Institute, and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors. He completed a Ph.D. in Sociology at the University of Chicago, where he also worked as a consultant at the Community Programs Accelerator and as a researcher at Chapin Hall.