In our recent blog post about using theories of change and logic models better in evaluation, we asked BetterEvaluation members to submit a question or challenge that they have in relation to creating or using theory of change for review by the BetterEvaluation team.
ANZSOG Professor of Public Sector Evaluation, Patricia Rogers, has been using logic models for 30 years, and has applied program theory across projects, programs and policies in many different sectors in Australia, New Zealand and internationally.
“A good program theory that shows the complication of interventions helps you develop better performance modelling, better synthesis of evidence, and better communication of the public value that projects and policies create,” Professor Rogers says.
Many evaluations include a process of developing logic models and theories of change – an explanation of how the activities of a program, project, policy, network or event are expected to contribute to particular results in the short-term and longer-term. They have been used for many years - versions can be seen in Carol Weiss’ 1972 book "Evaluation research: methods for assessing program effectiveness" - and they have been mainstreamed in many organisations
Southern Hemisphere will be offering a Theory of Change Training Workshop in Cape Town on 11 – 12 April 2017. The course is designed for people working in the development sector or Government who want to get to grips with Theory of Change.
DoView is a specialized package for drawing logic models. It is designed primarily to draw outcomes chain models but can also be used for pipeline logic models.
This free and open-sourced web-based tool was made by Steve Powell as a quick and simple way of creating a theory of change.