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.
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
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.
Workshop: Using program theory and program logic for improved evaluation practice (Sydney 1 June 2016)
The workshop will provide participants with insight into theory based approaches to evaluation, and specifically into the role of Program Theory and Program Logic to provide a clear understanding, focus and direction to the practice of evaluation. The use of Program Theory and Program Logic will be clearly detailed within a staged conceptual model, with guidance provided on how they can be applied within the planning and implementation of an evaluation.
This 11-step guide defines program evaluation, what it is used for, the different types and when they should be used. Also covered is how to plan a program evaluation, monitor performance, communicate findings, deliver bad news, and put improvements into practice.
This workshop style training course introduces the program logic / theory of change concept and lays out a step by step process for creating a logic model for complex, multi-stakeholder programs. A program logic/ theory of change focuses not just on what, and how a project is trying to achieve change but also on the who will be changing. The course includes discussion of how program logic / theory of change can be used for program design and how it can be used to provide the structure for monitoring and evaluation plans.
This workshop is offered to experienced program logic/theory of change facilitators or those who have already attended several courses on this topic. If you have already mastered the basics and wish to find answers to more in-depth challenges or learn how to develop logic/ theory of change for more complex programs then this workshop is for you.
Developed by the University of Wisconsin Extension service, this resource provides an introduction to developing and using a particular version of the results chain.