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The Challenges and Benefits of Creating a Program Theory Model for an NSF MSP Project: Perspectives from Program Stakeholders and from the External Evaluator 

11-10-2015 19:32

Poster presentation 279: Evaluation 2015 -- We look at the challenges and benefits of creating and using a fully articulated program theory model from the perspective of the PI and program stakeholders and from the external evaluator. We use the term "program theory model" to reflect a model that goes beyond the inputs and outputs of a simple logic model, that incorporates the context (and partners) in which the program operates and where a theory of change model is explicitly embedded. What are some of the challenges in the development of a program theory model? What factors might be needed to help insure that the program theory model is use? How does a program theory model evolve from a requirement at the proposal development stage to become a live document that is useful and used by both program stakeholders and the external evaluator? We present select factors that we see as key to this process.

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We look at the challenges and benefits of creating and using a fully articulated program theory model from the perspective of the PI and program stakeholders and from the external evaluator. We use the term "program theory model" to reflect a model that goes beyond the inputs and outputs of a simple logic model, that incorporates the context (and partners) in which the program operates and where a theory of change model is explicitly embedded. What are some of the challenges in the development of a program theory model? What factors might be needed to help insure that the program theory model is used? How does a program theory model evolve from a requirement at the proposal development stage to become a live document that is useful and used by both program stakeholders and the external evaluator? We present select factors that we see as key to this process.