Theories of Change and Logic Models

Monday 3:00pm-5:30pm
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 practice interactive strategies for working with groups on articulating program theory and its relation to a theory of change. In small groups participants will work to develop their own models that relate to an education research investigation of interest to them.