Develop a theory of action for your program

When you are trying to figure out what works and why, begin with a thorough understanding of how your program is supposed to work. As the visual representation of your theory of action, a logic model can be useful for creating a shared understanding, clarifying assumptions, and focusing an evaluation.

Deborah Collins, an evaluator from The Education Alliance at Brown University, and Michelle Ungurait, magnet director of Guilford County Schools, discuss the importance of using a logic model to communicate a program's theory of action.

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Key Actions

Surface assumptions about how your program is supposed to work

Create a logic model to explicitly connect your activities and goals

Use your logic model to develop relevant evaluation questions


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