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Theory of Change / Program Logic Facilitation


Knowledge and expertise
The staff of John Fargher + Associates demonstrate the knowledge and expertise required to meet the program theory needs of donor clients and the private sector. John Fargher’s post-graduate management qualifications provide him with advanced skills and knowledge in the practical use of program theory as part of strategic planning, operational design, performance management and evaluation. He has applied this understanding through leading design teams and managing development projects as well as facilitating participatory program theory workshops and capacity building through the AusAID Evaluation Capacity Building Program in Vanuatu. John is used to supporting teams to develop a practical theory of change or program logic to inform clear end-of-program outcomes to inform investment decisions. John works with communities and counterparts to use theory of change, program logic, problem tree, solution tree, logical framework, results framework and cause-effect matrix tools to support the setting of end-of-program outcomes and use of measures to monitor progress and effectiveness. These skills have been applied in practice on design, evaluation, supervision and implementation missions in more than 30 countries over the past 25 years.

In addition to his technical knowledge and skills, John has strong interpersonal and facilitation expertise that is informed by post-graduate training in human behaviour, organisational change and strategy execution. Those skills are one reason why he was selected as a member of the 8-person Facilitation Panel under the AusAID M&E Expert Panel (MEEP: 2009-2012). Under the MEEP John provides help-desk mentoring and coaching to senior AusAID staff (including one FADG), country teams (e.g. currently Latin America, Caribbean, Regional Pacific, and Vanuatu); specific design teams (e.g. Indonesian Higher Education and Indonesia Climate Change) and specific initiatives (e.g. Australia Indonesia Facility for Disaster Reduction).


Demonstrated experience
John was one of the 8-member AusAID M&E Expert Panel (MEEP) Facilitation Panel (2009-2012). This recognised his formal post-graduate qualifications in leadership, organisation and change that include skills, methods and tools in facilitation, mentoring, negotiation, human resource management and organisational psychology. More recently John has been selected to facilitate AusAID-led designs in Indonesia and implement the Vanuatu activities under the AusAID Evaluation Capacity Building Program (developed for AusAID by Dr Sue Dawson) as part of the organisational change to integrate program theory into decision-making being undertaken by AusAID in response to the Aid Review.

John has facilitated development of program theory at country program (e.g. Caribbean program); sector (e.g. Tonga Economic and Public Sector Governance; Water and Sanitation under WASH Budget Measure or rural development in eastern Indonesia); initiative (e.g. Timor-Leste Seeds of Life III, Indonesia Tertiary Education Design, Vietnam Australia M&E Strengthening Program); and activity (e.g. Evaluation of Australia UNICEF Education Support in Papua and Papua Barat) levels. He has provided technical program theory support as a member of a Technical Advisory group (e.g. for the Australian Sports Outreach Program in the Pacific and Timor-Leste Seeds of Life III); as the leader of an evaluation (e.g. mid-term evaluation of Support to Education Development in Aceh and terminal evaluation of PNG Agricultural Research and Development Support Facility); and as a designer of new investments (e.g. Cambodia Community Justice Assistance Partnership, Mining for Development Community and Social Development Program and Indonesia Tertiary Education Program). John has also provided program theory capacity development for AusAID staff in the Caribbean (2012 QAI support), PNG (2010 PNG Sub-National Strategy), Vanuatu (AusAID 2012 Evaluation Capacity Building Program) and Vietnam (2012 QAI support and 2011 inputs to Climate Change Strategic Analysis and Delivery Strategy).

John also works with communities and counterparts to use theory of change, program logic, root cause analysis, problem tree, solution tree, logical framework, results framework and cause-effect matrix tools to support the setting of objectives and use of measures to monitor progress and effectiveness.


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