Developing a Transformative Theory of Change

Past Event
1 October 2021 10:00 (GMT)
1 October 2021 11:45 (GMT)

Tackling the climate crisis requires transformative system change – a fundamental shift to place sustainability at the core of our societal systems. But how can projects, programs and other initiatives assess their contribution to this transformation, before, during and after their lifespan?

A Transformative Theory of Change is a tool that can help you design, implement, and evaluate projects aimed at transformative system change. The tool combines the Theory of Change methodology with the Multi-Level Perspective (MLP) as a way to map and understand changes enabled by a project or program. It can be used to facilitate a co-creation process among societal stakeholders invested in sustainability, connecting innovation with societal challenges through the effective delivery of knowledge services.

In this workshop, we will learn when, how and why to use a Transformative Theory of Change by looking at real-life cases from EIT Climate-KIC’s projects SATURNACT on NBS and SuSMo.


  • Anastasia Nikologianni, Research fellow, Birmingham City University, and project member of SATURN
  • Caetano Penna, Senior Research Fellow, Utrecht University
  • Pablo Fernandez Mendez, Research fellow, INGENIO – UPV
  • Carla Alvial Palavicino, Research Fellow, Utrecht University
  • Cristian Matti, Head of Strategic Research at EIT Climate-KIC

Moderated by: Annalisa Spalazzi, Regional Innovation Scheme Programme Manager

Main benefits of attending

  • Learn how the MLP can be used as a practical framework to recognize and understand transformations in projects and program
  • Familiarize with the process of building a Transformative Theory of Change
  • Learn from the practical experience of EIT Climate-KIC partners and projects

Target participants

  • EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) Hubs, partners, organizations and stakeholders from Southern and Central Eastern Europe.
  • Practitioners interested in learning about tools for transitions.
  • Policymakers, authorities and program owners at national, regional, and local levels.

2021 Transitions Policy Lab

The European Green Deal is the EU’s strategy to move towards climate neutrality and circular economy by the transformative policy. That transformation requires the alignment of multiple stakeholders and instruments with existing regional innovation plans such as the Cohesion Policy.​ Policy mixes emerge with the purpose of reinforcing synergies and complementarities between EU, national and regional innovation initiatives.​

The Transition Policy Lab addresses the goal of shifting practices for policymaking by removing barriers for enabling the necessary institutional change. It is aimed to build capacity to co-design and implement systemic strategies that can lead to potentially transformative policies and actions. ​

It consists of a series of five interrelated capacity-building activities implemented through three different formats multi-stakeholders setting, science-based training and executive programmes.


For questions about the event, please contact annalisa.spalazzi@climate-kic.org

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