My name is Stewart Donaldson, and I am a Professor and Director of the Institute of Organizational and Program Evaluation Research at Claremont Graduate University. I have been helping programs and organizations develop theories of change and related types of conceptual frameworks to guide evaluations for more than 20 years. One of the big challenges in this work is adequately conceptualizing and representing the complexity of planned interventions or change efforts. In recent years, my colleague Tarek Azzam and I have been pioneering the application of new software to help us with this challenge.
Rad Resource: We now provide free resources on a website titled Theory-driven Evaluation to support evaluation practitioners who would like to use this approach and software to improve their work . Provided on this site are examples of completed interactive conceptual models that you can click through and explore, links to the software (including free trials) that we use to create these interactive frameworks, and related evaluation articles and website links. Our experiences so far confirm that clients really appreciate this approach to representing theories of change and the complexity of their hard work. It has certainly brightened our evaluation lives. http://sites.google.com/site/programtheory/free-resources
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