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UEN No/CPE Reg No: 199900986N
(Reg. Period: 19 May 2020 to 20 May 2024)

Theory of Change and Logic Model: Uncovering the Blackbox of Social Programmes


In social services, it is important to not only assess whether a programme works, but to understand how it works. This can be done by mapping out the programme’s theory of change. A theory of change is “an explicit theory or model of how an intervention, such as a project, a program, a strategy, an initiative, or a policy, contributes to a chain of intermediate results and finally to the intended or observed outcomes.” (Funnel & Rogers, 2011, p. xix) . A theory of change describes how change occurs logically from the programme to its intended outcomes, and how these outcomes can be attained. It plays an essential role in programme planning, implementation, evaluation, and dissemination. It is therefore important for social service professionals who are involved in programming to acquire the knowledge and skills to create and use theories of change effectively.


The course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to create theories of change for social propgrammes. After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define what is a theory of change
  • Explain the role of a theory of change in social programming
  • Create a theory of change for a social programme and present it as a logic model.


  • Definition of theory of change
  • Relevance of theory of change to social programme
  • Steps in creating a theory of change


Social service professionals who are involved in programme planning, implemention, evaluation. Anyone who is interested in learning about theory of change


Participants who meet 80% class attendance will be awarded a Certificate of Accomplishment by the Academy of Human Development.


Fees S$

Course Fees  (Nett)


Early bird rate (Nett) * Registration & Payment received by 8 Sep 2022



Subsidies/ Funding S$

Company-Sponsored Applicant:

PCG (formerly VCF) pre-approved funding @ 45% for Singaporean/ PR Social Service Organisation staff (Ref no: PAS00002752, end date of approval: 21 Jul 2023)  Up to $ 315



Mr Lim Wei Loong is a full-time researcher at Fei Yue Community Services, where he is actively involved in supporting the utilisation of research to inform practice. Having had more than ten years of experience conducting research in the practice context, Wei Loong understands the challenges social service agencies faced in utilising and conducting research for practice purposes. This has enabled him to deliver research trainings that are responsive to realities on the ground.

Wei Loong holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from the University of Melbourne, a Master of Philosophy in Social and Developmental Psychology from the University of Cambridge, a Graduate Diploma of Social Sciences (Professional Counselling) from Swinburne University, and a Master of Science in Evidence Based Health Care. His Master of Science in Evidence Based Health Care dissertation won him the 2021 Gillian Nicholls Prize for an outstanding dissertation in the subject of evidence-based healthcare awarded by the University of Oxford’s Kellogg College. Wei Loong has also completed the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Learning and Performance (ACLP) and is currently pursuing his PhD at the Singapore University of Social Sciences.

Wei Loong has also been a full-time polytechnic lecturer. He currently holds associate positions at various local Institutes of Higher Learning, where he teaches research methods and supervises students’ research projects. He has also taught developmental psychology and social programme evaluation for other Academy of Human Development courses. Besides, he provides in-house research and programme evaluation trainings for researchers and practitioners.


Ms Denise Liu is a full-time researcher at Fei Yue Community Services, where she is involved in the supporting programme evaluation and practice research. Besides having over 12 years of experience conducting practice research and programme evaluation in the social service sector, Denise also practiced as a psychologist working with child abuse victims, and a case manager working with low-income families with home ownership aspirations. Her practice experience and evaluation of over 40 programmes and services ranging from structured therapeutic groupwork programmes to community development initiatives, have given her insight into the challenges and constraints faced by social service agencies when conducting practice research and evaluation.

She has been teaching and conducting training at institutions such as the Social Service Institute (SSI) and the Singapore University for Social Sciences (SUSS) since 2013. Besides teaching research methods courses, she has also developed training courses and facilitated on skills to use standardised assessment tools such as the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) tool and the Youth Levels of Service Case Management Inventory (YLS-CMI).

Denise holds a Master in Social Science (Psychology) from the National University of Singapore and has completed the WSQ Advanced Certificate in Training and Assessment (ACTA). She has also provided research and evaluation trainings, in both her professional capacity and as a volunteer, to over 200 social service practitioners.


Dave Goh

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Course Schedule

Dates 20 & 21 Oct 2022
Timing 9.00am - 5.00pm
Trainer(s) Mr Lim Wei Loong & Ms Denise Liu (Co-Trainer)
Venue(s) Onsite (to be confirmed)