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

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-03-15
  • Publisher: Jossey-Bass

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Program Theory in Evaluation Practice is a ground-breaking reference that 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. The book is an invaluable resource to faculty and students as well as professionals in professional development programs, education, social work, and counseling.

Author Biography

Sue C. Funnell is a director of Performance Improvement, a consulting company, and the former president of the Australasian Evaluation Society.

Patricia J. Rogers, PhD, is professor of Public Sector Evaluation at Collaboration for Interdisciplinary Research, Consulting, and Learning in Evaluation, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

The Promise And Risks Of Using Program Theory
Purposeful Program Theory
Overview Of The Book
Key Ideas In Program Theory
Assessing Your Circumstances
Developing And Representing Program Theory
Resources For Developing Program Theory
Using Program Theory For Monitoring And Evaluation
Taking A Strategic And Adaptive Approach
The Essence Of Program Theory
Variations Of Program Theory Over Time
Common Myths And Traps
Scoping Intended Uses Of Program Theory
The Nature Of The Situation And The Intervention
Processes To Identify Or Develop A Program Theory
Developing A Theory Of Change
Developing A Theory Of Action
Representing Program Theory
Critiquing Program Theory
Some Research Based Theories Of Change
Some Common Program Archetypes
Some Options For Drawing Logic Models
Using Program Theory To Develop A Monitoring And Evaluation Plan
Causal Inference
Synthesis And Reporting
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