How the course will work

13 September – 24 September
(2 weeks) Planning for impact

27 September – 8 October
(2 weeks) Measuring impact & theory of change

11 October – 22 October
(2 weeks) Logical frameworks

“This training is a bonus to my conservation career and journey. I am already looking forward to more similar engagements.” 

Swithin Kashulwe, Zambia

The course has been specially developed by experienced conservation educators and is being led by Dr Rosie Trevelyan and Dr Kevin Wallace from TBA. The course will be hosted on our virtual learning environment. Although the course is online and mostly self-paced – the activities and resources will be engaging, interactive. You will meet like-minded conservationists from across Africa and receive guidance and feedback from course tutors.

You will need internet connectivity to login into our virtual learning environment to access the course materials, complete some of the tasks and join the occasional Zoom meeting. However, much of the course can also be completed offline and will be accessible from either a computer or smart phone.

Although much of the course can be completed at your own pace, there is a deadline a few days before the end of each module. This will allow you to complete a task based on your learning with the option of receiving expert feedback. Keeping to this schedule will help you to improve your skills and make it easier to progress onto the next module.

Each module will begin and end with a Zoom meeting – a chance to meet each other, share ideas and form a network of contacts.

What you will learn

The training will consist of 3 modules:

Planning for impact

In this first module we shall explore some of the issues around conservation problems from the drivers and threats through to the effects that they have. Problem trees are a good way of examining problems and we shall look at ways you can develop your own problem trees to assist your project design. Being able to articulate the impact of your project is vital and should not be under-estimated. We shall look at ways to identify the actual impacts you need to achieve for a successful project.

Measuring impact & theory of change

Creating a hierarchical structure is a useful way of organising your project ideas. We will then explore how to convert this into a theory of change. This is a useful way of describing how all the components of your project will fit together and achieve the impacts you are aiming for. It is normally a participatory process and undertakes the unusual approach of working backwards from your impacts all the way to the activities you will carry out. We will learn how to develop indicators as vital parts of evaluating your project’s success. Developing Indicators are the next steps from a theory of change and are part of the logframe process. We will also look at the importance of baselines. Using all this information, you will be able to develop a theory of change for your own project.

Logical frameworks

The logical framework (or logframe) concept may strike fear into the hearts of many conservationists, yet it can be your friend.  Many funding proposals require logframes and we will demystify how to construct these and explain how they useful planning and evaluation tools. Putting it altogether, we will cover how to create a plan to monitor your project’s progress towards achieving your impacts. Amongst all this, we shall touch on aspects of adaptive management, which will help you adapt your project in response to the results of your monitoring plan.

“Thank you for making the lessons insightful and flexible, I learnt so much in such a short time “

Esther Chidinma Chinweuba, Nigeria

Who is this course for?

The course is designed for early career conservationists from Africa. It will bring together people from across the African region and develop a networking and support mechanism for your work beyond the training course.

For any questions, please email Kevin: