Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models
DescriptionProgram 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.
Introduction: The Promise and Risks of Using Program Theory.
PART ONE Key Ideas in Program Theory.
Chapter 1: The Essence of Program Theory.
Chapter 2: Variations of Program Theory over Time.
Chapter 3: Common Myths and Traps.
PART TWO Assessing Your Circumstances.
Chapter 4: Scoping Intended Uses.
Chapter 5: The Nature of the Situation and the Intervention.
PAR T T H R E E Developing and Representing Program Theory.
Chapter 6: Processes to Identify or Develop a Program Theory.
Chapter 7: Developing a Theory of Change.
Chapter 8: Developing a Theory of Action.
Chapter 9: Representing Program Theory.
Chapter 10: Critiquing Program Theory.
PART FOUR Resources for Developing Program Theory.
Chapter 11: Some Research-Based Theories of Change.
Chapter 12: Some Common Program Archetypes.
Chapter 13: Logic Models Resources.
PA R T F I V E Using Program Theory for Monitoring and Evaluation.
Chapter 14: Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan.
Chapter 15: Causal Inference.
Chapter 16: Synthesis and Reporting.
F I G U R E S, TA B L E S, A N D E X H I B I T S.
“This contribution is a must read for every evaluator, administration or project manager willing to engage in theory-based evaluation or theory-based program planning. It stands out from all the literature on this subject by giving an array of examples of program theory as well as practical advice to conduct evaluation to understand what works for whom and in which conditions.”
– “Read for You”, Eureval (Centre for European Expertise and Evaluation)