Theory of Change

Program Design TIG Week: Engaging Program Stakeholders in Theory of Change and Logic Modeling by Patricia Moore Shaffer

Hi! My name is Patricia Moore Shaffer, and I am the Deputy Director, Research & Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts, in Washington, DC. Theory of change and logic modeling are tools that program managers and evaluators often use to describe how a program is supposed to work. A theory of change permits the reader …

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NA TIG Week: Necessity and Sufficiency: A quick example by Ryan Watkins

I’m Ryan Watkins and I teach needs assessment at George Washington University and for The Evaluator’s Institute. Last year in AEA365, I introduced formulas for how we can determine the necessity and/or sufficiency of a desired result leading to other desired results – thus offering tools for quantifying needs (i.e., gaps in results).  This year I’m offering …

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Helping clients develop Theories of Change as an external evaluator (Part 2) by Stephanie Chasteen

I’m Stephanie Chasteen, an external evaluator on NSF-funded projects aiming to improve STEM education at the university level. This is part 2 of a 2-part series on Theory of Change. In yesterday’s post, I shared the process I use to help clients develop Theories of Change (ToC). Today, I’ll share how I’ve been able to …

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Helping clients develop Theories of Change as an external evaluator (Part 1) by Stephanie Chasteen

I’m Stephanie Chasteen, an external evaluator on NSF-funded projects aiming to improve STEM education at the university level. This is Part 1 of a 2-part series on Theory of Change. Today, I’ll share the process I use to help clients develop Theories of Change (ToC). Tomorrow, I’ll share how I’ve been able to work with …

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Seven-Step Approach to the Integrated Planning of Performance Measurement by Step 2 by Michel Laurendeau

Hello, my name is Michel Laurendeau, and I am a consultant wishing to share over 40 years of experience in policy development, performance measurement and evaluation of public programs. This is the second of seven (7) consecutive AEA365 posts discussing a stepwise approach to integrating performance measurement and evaluation strategies in order to more effectively …

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Seven-Step Approach to the Integrated Planning of Performance Measurement Step 1 by Michel Laurendeau

AEA365 Curator note: Today begins a special theme week with an extended (7 day) series on one topic by one contributing author.  Hello, my name is Michel Laurendeau, and I am a consultant wishing to share over 40 years of experience in policy development, performance measurement and evaluation of public programs. This is the first of …

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PFE Week: Anchoring a complex program with overarching principles by Marah Moore

Hi there! I am Marah Moore, the founder and director of i2i Institute (Inquiry to Insight). We are based in the high desert mountains of Northern New Mexico, and we work on evaluations of complex systems locally, nationally, and internationally. Since 2008 I have been the lead evaluator for the McKnight Foundation’s Collaborative Crop Research Program …

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Steve Powell on Theory Maker: Free web app for drawing Theory of Change diagrams

My name is Steve Powell and I’m an evaluator based in Sarajevo, Bosnia. I’m very interested in theories of change and their role in evaluation – both explicit theories (perhaps a programme’s logframe) and implicit (what is really going on, or what people really think is going on). I think it’s important to be able …

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Best of aea365: Carolyn Cohen on Appreciative Inquiry: Small Scale Use

Hello, I am Carolyn Cohen, owner of Cohen Research & Evaluation, LLC, based in Seattle Washington. I specialize in program evaluation and strategic learning related to innovations in the social change and education arenas.  I have been infusing elements of Appreciative Inquiry into my work for many years.  Appreciative Inquiry is an asset-based approach, developed …

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Veronica Olazabal and Karim Harji on Market-Based Approaches to Poverty Alleviation: Ways to Engage as an Evaluator

Hi, Veronica Olazabal, senior associate director of evaluation at The Rockefeller Foundation here with Karim Harji, director at Purpose Capital. As many of you already know, market-based approaches to poverty alleviation are gaining traction across the social sector. A range of innovative strategies are being used to finance these initiatives, including impact investing—an approach to …

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