Cynthia Phillips and Lisa Wyatt Knowlton – Phillips Wyatt Knowlton, Inc.

Evaluation Center: November 18, 2008

What advances have been made in creating and using logic models since the publication of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide in 2000?
How can they be used to improve the quality of evaluation design?
How they can be developed more quickly and efficiently?
How are they being used by stakeholders other than for evaluation?

Lisa Wyatt Knowlton, Ed.D., and Cynthia C. Phillips, Ph.D., authors of “The Logic Model Guidebook: Better Strategies for Great Results” (Sage, 2009), walk through the newest ideas and innovations in the modeling process step by step:

* Explore the role of beliefs and assumptions–Are the thinking expressed by the model informed by knowledge?
* Learn a process for encouraging better thinking (and thus better models)–Has the modeling process helped stakeholders question their program design and or contribute to evaluation design?
* Discuss the importance of quality evaluation data–Is evaluation data relevant, comprehensible, applicable to key stakeholders?
* Consider the role of organizational learning–Are stakeholders reflective about their outcomes and are they willing to change strategies to obtain better results?

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