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ERIC Number: EJ800125
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jul
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-1556-8180
Programme Evaluation Theory: The Next Step toward a Synthesis of Logic Models and Organisational Theory
Fear, William J.
Journal of MultiDisciplinary Evaluation, v4 n7 p13-15, 18-25 Jul 2007
This paper argues that the formulation of policy, at whatever level, to whatever scale or scope, is any different to the myriad of processes involved in strategic planning within and between organisations, and the attendant decision making processes that abound in such an environment (Hage, 1980; Hickson, 1987; Thompson, 1967; Weick, 1976). Those forces that impact upon organisations are precisely the same forces that impact upon policy making groups who are themselves "organisations" (or institutions), whether actual or representative. This provides a starting point for considering a synthesis between various models or paradigms. The argument continues, that program theory and the program logic model can incorporate and synthesise theories from elsewhere that, in turn, usefully inform and develop programme theory and program logic. A "hierarchical" model is presented to explore the linkages between the components and "simple" processes of theory, programme theory, logic modelling, organisational functioning, policy, and the consequent impact. It is hoped that this model can be used as a framework to: (a) determine which components are essential to give the policy external validity, credibility, implementability, and so on; and (b) provide a common point of reference for policy makers, stakeholders, and evaluators. (Contains 1 figure, 3 footnotes and 4 author endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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