2009 Annual CES Conference
Value in Evaluation

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Professional development workshops

Advanced Applications of Program Theory (07) [EN]

Dr. Stewart Donaldson, Claremont Graduate University

May 31, 2009, 9:00am - 12:00pm - Intermediate - 40 seats

While simple logic models are an adequate way to gain clarity and initial understanding about a program, sound program theory can enhance understanding of the underlying logic of the program by providing a disciplined way to state and test assumptions about how program activities are expected to lead to program outcomes.

Lecture, exercises, discussion, and peer-critique will help you to develop and use program theory as a basis for decisions about measurement and evaluation methods to disentangle the success or failure of a program from the validity of its conceptual model, and to facilitate the participation and engagement of diverse stakeholder groups. Recent advances in techology-enhanced conceptual frameworks to guide evaluations will also be discussed.

You will learn:

  1. To employ program theory to understand the logic of a program.
  2. How program theory can improve evaluation accuracy and use.
  3. To use program theory as part of participatory evaluation practice.


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