Sound Program Evaluation

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When we think of monitoring change especially which are not explicit like behavioural change it may not be able to capture them in a report but can be done through observations, dialogue and small group discussion Evaluation: This is important in understanding how well the program is working and if the intended outcomes have been achieved. It helps understand why some things are not working the way they are intended to and understand what went wrong and why. This will thus help relook at design and understand why specific outcomes in the chain was not achieved. Some of the advantages are • It can help determine the degree of achievement of the objectives. • Help identify the problem associated with program planning and implementation • Generate…show more content…
Having a program theory can help understand the status of a program and can assist in identifying the type of evaluation that can be done and also if it is in the beginning of a program the design phase can use the program theory to ensure that preconditions for its success is put in place. It also helps in selecting the hypothesis to explore and measure in a systematic manner A sound program theory can help identify problems in the design whether in the theory of action or theory of change and help identify stages of implementation where monitoring and evaluation needs to be done by looking at critical aspects that are to be monitored with respect to inputs process outcomes and any key factors that may affect the outcome and to ensure that the program is working well and on track. It can also help identify key evaluation questions regarding the program. Thus, having a sound program theory will help us identify which part of the causal links failed and the reasons. It will help judge assumptions that were made during the design phase and help make judgements of whether a particular outcome needs to be evaluated as the activities were designed during the program theory and the various success criteria were defined along with the program and non-program factors for the intended outcome and since…show more content…
For example, in ABL program if the intended outcome is change in classroom practices it is linked to resources, activities and outcomes but also behavioural changes like the teacher’s belief system which is crucial for the intended change. A program theory in ABL for this outcome (change in classroom practice) must have success criteria that is defined and look at appropriate resources, outcomes and activities and a monitoring and evaluation program can look at change in teachers attitudes and behaviour through observation and
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