Theories of Change and Logic Models

Thursday 1:30-4:00pm PT / 2:30-5:00pm MT / 3:30-6:00pm CT / 4:30-7:00pm ET Online
Afternoon Mini Workshop


Ellen Iverson, Carleton College

Increasingly theories of change are expected to be a central component articulated within education research grant proposals and manuscripts. At the end of this short workshop, participants will be able to distinguish between logic models, theories of change, and theories of action; use program theory to construct and/or improve these models; and increase their awareness of additional related resources. Logic models, program theory, theories of change, and theories of action are useful tools for clarifying relationships between education research questions, intervention activities, and research measures. Workshop participants will examine example models, discuss opportunities for using these models, and discuss interactive strategies for working with groups on articulating program theory and its relation to a theory of change. In small groups participants will discuss and begin to develop one of their own models that relates to an education research investigation of interest to them.

Note: this mini-workshop will run for 2.0 hrs.

All mini-wrorkshops will take place online, via Zoom (unless otherwise noted). Participants will be sent links to the Zoom room and connection info will be posted below prior to the session start.

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By the end of this workshop, participants will:

  • Distinguish between program theory, logic models, theories of change, and theories of action
  • Collaborate on the start of an outline for a logic model or theory of change related to an education research investigation of interest
  • Know where to access additional related resources


1:30 Welcome, introductions, social norms, and technology introductions

1:40 Digital gallery walk of examples

2:00 Concepts and practice

2:30 Break out group work

3:00 Whole-group report outs and questions

3:15 Wrap-up, resources, and workshop evaluation

3:30 Adjourn