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March 25, 2013

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Rita Thapa

i loved the article - how true and thank you!

Albert

Thank you, Rita. You know, of course, that you are not the big chicken I refer to in the article.

Grace

Congratulations on your first post with its own theme song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0l3QWUXVho

Keep it up!

Albert

Rock on.

Bernadette Wright

I enjoyed your talk and the panel discussion, thank you. I like how you explain theory of change. Understanding how whatever you're evaluating works is central to an effective evaluation (and can be useful for other purposes as well).

Often different people have different views about how an intervention works or activities or goals may change over time. Some ways evaluators can clarify understanding and make sure all views are considered are: read the grant proposal and other program documents, talk with program staff and stakeholders, review literature on the topic, and talk with people with experience with similar projects.

Many evaluation users find a logic model, theory of change, or other model or framework to be useful. However, a model or framework is just a tool and should only be used if it is helpful. Many evaluations do not use logic models; they discuss the logic for the program in text or other format.

A variety of formats can be useful; “the key is to develop a clear understanding of the nature of the program, the context in which it operates, and the policy issues involved.” http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-12-208G

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