Same Coin

Same Coin


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Session Title: Systems Thinking and Logic Models: Two Sides to the Same Coin?
Think Tank Session 455 to be held in Panzacola Section F4 on Friday, Nov 13, 9:15 AM to 10:45 AM
Sponsored by the Systems in Evaluation TIG and the Program Theory and Theory-driven Evaluation TIG
Presenter(s):
Janice Noga, Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting, jan.noga@stanfordalumni.org
Discussant(s):
Janice Noga, Pathfinder Evaluation and Consulting, jan.noga@stanfordalumni.org
Margaret Hargreaves, Mathematica Policy Research Inc, mhargreaves@mathematica-mpr.com
Abstract: "A picture is worth a thousand words" - how often do we hear that? Approaches to modeling a system, program, or intervention abound as do the inevitable debates over which is best. This think tank challenges participants to think of systems and logic models as complementary tools for evaluation. Examples of both types of models, as well as an example of an integrated model, will be provided and used as the basis for group discussion. Questions that will be considered include: What are the strengths and weaknesses of each? How can the two approaches to modeling be integrated to provide a framework for understanding both the program and the system in which it functions? Ultimately, it is hoped that participants will come away with new ideas about how to capture critical elements of process, context, and program theory in their own work through the use of both types of models.

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