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

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John Wiley & Sons, Feb 9, 2011 - Education - 576 pages
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Between good intentions and great results lies a programtheory—not just a list of tasks but a vision of what needs tohappen, and how. Now widely used in government and not-for-profitorganizations, program theory provides a coherent picture of howchange occurs and how to improve performance. Purposeful ProgramTheory shows how to develop, represent, and use program theorythoughtfully and strategically to suit your particular situation,drawing on the fifty-year history of program theory and theauthors' experiences over more than twenty-five years.

"From needs assessment to intervention design, fromimplementation to outcomes evaluation, from policy formulation topolicy execution and evaluation, program theory is paramount. Butuntil now no book has examined these multiple uses of programtheory in a comprehensive, understandable, and integrated way. Thispromises to be a breakthrough book, valuable to practitioners,program designers, evaluators, policy analysts, funders, andscholars who care about understanding why an intervention works ordoesn't work." —Michael Quinn Patton, author,Utilization-Focused Evaluation

"Finally, the definitive guide to evaluation using programtheory! Far from the narrow 'one true way' approaches to programtheory, this book provides numerous practical options for applyingprogram theory to fulfill different purposes and constraints, andguides the reader through the sound critical thinking required toselect from among the options. The tour de force of the history anduse of program theory is a truly global view, with examples fromaround the world and across the full range of content domains. Amust-have for any serious evaluator." —E. Jane Davidson, PhD,Real Evaluation Ltd.

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Part encyclopaedia, part guide - Purposeful Program Theory is an invaluable resource for anyone responsible for design, management or evaluation of public policy and larger scale social programmes and initiatives. It sets out comprehensively the myriad ways in which program theory can be developed and applied to programs as part of evaluation to improve the quality of policies, programmes, services and strategies and their evaluation and the considerations and options at every step. Review submitted by Matt Baumann on behalf of the Social Research Association 


Figures Tables and Exhibits
The Essence of Program Theory
Variations of Program Theory over Time
Common Myths and Traps
Scoping Intended Uses
The Nature of the Situation and the Intervention
Processes to Identify or Develop a Program
Critiquing Program Theory
Resooroes for Developing Program
Some Common Program Archetypes
Logic Models Resources
Developing a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
Causal Inference
Synthesis and Reporting
New Frontiers for Program Theory

Developing a Theory of Change
Developing a Theory of Action
Representing Program Theory

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About the author (2011)

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.

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