Seminar 3: Visual Strategies and Models in Theory-based Evaluation

v/Sebastian Lemire

Visual Strategies Workshop Slides

Program theories are widely used in evaluation. Over the years, a broad range of program theories have emerged, ranging from simple logic models and theories of change to more complex causal loop diagrams and nested models. 

In this seminar, we will explore different types of program theories, such as logic models, theories of change (action), context-mechanism-outcome (CMO) configurations, causal loop diagrams, stock and flow diagrams, concept maps, and other visual strategies for describing how program work. 

The purpose of the seminar is to identify similarities and distinctions, as well as benefits and limitations, between different types of program theories and models. This involves examining their main structure and components. We will also discuss what constitutes a good program theory. 

The seminar is grounded on real-world case examples and will involve a practical exercise.