adaptive logic 600

Date and time: Wednesday 16th September 2020, 9.30am to 1.00pm AEST (registration from 9.15am)  half day workshop - 1 session

Venue: Via Zoom. Details will be emailed to registrants just prior to the workshop start time

Facilitator: Jess Dart

Register online by: 11 September 2020. Spaces limited to 30 participants from Australia and NZ and international AES members

Fees (GST inclusive): Members $165, Non-members $315, Student member $95, Student non-member $140*
 * Students must send proof of their full-time student status to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Workshop Overview

While change-making organisations have so far understandably focused on emergency response activities to COVID-19, the pandemic might be here for a lot longer than we first anticipated. Many organisations are starting to re-think their services and programs to remain relevant and viable in this new context. This interactive workshop will explore how you can use program logic to help design and reconfigure programs in times of rapid change. We also demonstrate how program logic / theory of change can be effectively conducted in a collaborative and online environment.

Workshop Content

This workshop will begin with a session in which we provide an overview of program logic / theory of change and how it can be used as a tool to conceptualise and test alternative strategies to achieve outcomes, as well as how this can be adapted as the context changes. After a basic overview, we’ll walk you through a simple example of building a program logic for an educational program, and how this might be adapted to cater for social distancing. You’ll get a chance in breakout groups to have a go at building a logic model in a collaborative manner online. There will be plenty of time for questions and discussion. 

This workshop will be conducted on Zoom, as well as using Lucidchart, a collaborative online tool very well-suited for program logic mapping. The session has been carefully designed with the learner’s experience at the centre, and will be fun and engaging.

Workshop Objectives

By the end of the workshop, participants will:

  • Know the basic steps of using program logic to design or re-design a program
  • Understand how you can use program logic to help “pivot” a program to a new context
  • Experience using program logic in an online environment

PL competencies

This workshop aligns with competencies in the AES Evaluator’s Professional Learning Competency Framework. The identified domains are:

  • Domain 2 – Evaluation theory
  • Domain 3 – Culture, stakeholders and context
  • Domain 4 – Research methods and systematic inquiry
  • Domain 5 – Project management
  • Domain 7 – Evaluation Activities

Who should attend?

Emerging and experienced evaluators.

Workshop start times
  • Victoria, NSW, ACT, QLD, TAS: 9.30am
  • SA, NT: 9.00am
  • Perth: 7.30am
  • New Zealand: 11.30am

About the facilitators

Jess Dart: Inventor of practical methodologies and highly demanded facilitator, Jess is the CEO and founder of Clear Horizon, a specialist evaluation and design company who have been pioneering program logic and theory of change for over 15 years. Jess is passionate about developing real-world design and evaluation for social justice and sustainability.

In 2018, Jess received the Australian Evaluation Society’s Outstanding Contribution to Evaluation Award. Among her many achievements, she co-authored the Most Significant Change (MSC) guide alongside Dr Rick Davies, which is now translated into 12 different languages.


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