Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models


By: Sue C. Funnell, Patricia J. Rogers
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons P&T
Print ISBN: 9780470478578, 0470478578
eText ISBN: 9781118395868, 1118395867
Format: Fixed

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Program Theory in Evaluation Practice is a ground-breaking guide and reference. It teaches how to develop an explicit causal model that links an intervention (project, program or policy) with its intended or observed impacts and using this to guide monitoring and evaluation. Peerless in its explanation of why and how to use and develop program theory, the book is rich with examples and alternative approaches. It addresses the main challenges in successfully using program theory — developing a well-informed and credible model, which adequately balances simplicity and complexity, and then using this to develop better evaluation questions, better strategies to answer them, and better processes to use the answers.   The book is coauthored by Professor Patricia Rogers and Sue Funnell, two evaluators who each have more than 20 years experience using program theory in evaluation and conducting professional development for evaluators, and who have been formally recognised for the quality of their evaluation practice and training.  They draw on their extensive and varied personal experience working with national, state and local government agencies and non-government organizations in the US, south America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Oceania, using program theory in education; health; international development; housing; justice; environment; community capacity building; early childhood; and public infrastructure.  The book will also include strategic examples of how others have developed and used program theory.   The book is an invaluable resource to faculty and students as well as professionals in professional development programs, education, social work, and counseling.    Contents: 1. Program theory, theories of change and logic models 2. Types of logic models 3. Theories of Change 4. Program archetypes 5. Developing and refining a program theory 6. Simple, complicated and complex program theories 7. Using program theory for monitoring 8. Using program theory for formative evaluation 9. Using program theory for summative evaluation 10. Using program theory to synthesize evaluation findings 11. Other uses of program theory 12. Challenges in using program theory effectively


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