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Arensman, Bodille; van Waegeningh, Cornelie; van Wessel, Margit – American Journal of Evaluation, 2018
Theory of change (ToC) is currently "the" approach for the evaluation and planning of international development programs. This approach is considered especially suitable for complex interventions. We question this assumption and argue that ToC's focus on cause-effect logic and intended outcomes does not do justice to the recursive nature…
Descriptors: Theories, Change, Program Evaluation, Advocacy
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Janssens, Frans J. G.; de Wolf, Inge F. – American Journal of Evaluation, 2009
This article demonstrates the value of theoretical ex-ante evaluation of policy programs. We show how a specific policy might not achieve its objectives and illustrate the elements of the policy, which need improvement. These conclusions are based on a reconstruction and evaluation of the theory behind a policy program that aims to increase…
Descriptors: Productivity, Governance, Educational Change, Quality Control