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Logic Modeling Methods in Program Evaluation

ISBN: 978-0-7879-8196-9
160 pages
March 2007, ©2007, Jossey-Bass
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Written for students, researchers, consultants, professionals, and scholars, Logic Modeling Methods in Program Evaluation provides a step-by-step explanation of logic modeling and its importance in connecting theory with implementation and outcomes in program evaluation in the social sciences.

 

Logic Modeling Methods in Program Evaluation’s comprehensive approach:

·        Shows how the logic model can be used to clarify assumptions, reach group consensus, and bridge between various disciplines;

·        Identifies the specific components of logic modeling and discusses inputs, activities, outputs, short and long-term outcomes, contextual factors, and optional components and variations;

·        Focuses on the critical role of consensus in the development of a logic model, including factors such as teaming, timing, and collaborative learning;

·        Explores issues such as the most common mistakes in the development and implementation of logic models and the use of logic models in projects with different levels of complexity or different durations;

·        Discusses how the logic model can be used to identify the range of outcomes to be examined and how summative questions can be prioritized;

·        Includes a variety of illustrative case studies of simple, multi-year, and complex projects and demonstrates the use of the logic model to establish project goals and evaluate the project’s outcome.

 

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List of Figures.

Preface.

1. Evaluation and Logic Models.

2. The Uses of Logic Models.

3. The Components of a Logic Model.

4. The Connections in a Logic Model.

5. Developing Logic Models to Support Evaluation.

6. Developing Logic Models of Differing Complexity.

7. Using a Logic Model to Identify Evaluation Questions.

8. Using a Logic Model to Support Explanatory Evaluation.

9. Challenges in Developing Logic Models.

10. Developing Logic Models for Complex Projects.

11. Using Logic Models to Evaluate a Family of Projects.

12. Using the Logic Model to Provide Technical Assistance.

Appendix: The Phases of an Evaluation.

About the Author.

Glossary.

References.

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Joy A. Frechtling is a vice president and associate director in Westat's Education Studies Group. She has more than thirty years' experience in conducting educational evaluation, addressing all levels of the educational system.

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Here is a step-by-step explanation of logic modeling, a tool for connecting theory with implementation and outcome in program evaluation in the social sciences.

Logic modeling is a foundation for effective assessment and outcomes, and this book shows how to use logic models in both formative and summative evaluation.

It includes three case studies illustrating logic modeling in action in simple, moderate, and complex program evaluations.

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"The book is definitely worth buying. Both program developers and evaluators will find the text useful." (Journal of Multidisciplinary Evaluation, March 2008)
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