Resources relevant to Video 6: Faster Program Evaluation Planning: A Visual Approach

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Example of an evaluation set out using a visual approach (model)

An example of how a visual outcomes model can be used as the basis for developing an evaluation plan.

More effective program evaluation planning using a visual approach (1 page tip sheet)

A tip sheet describing out a visual evaluation plan can be built. Use it yourself and give it to any group which you are working with to develop an evaluation plan using a visual approach.

Encouraging Better Evaluation Design and Use Through a Standardized Approach to Evaluation Planning and Implementation - Easy Outcomes (article)

An article setting out the advantages of using a standardized approach to building an evaluation plan based around a visual outcomes model. The article also summarizes how to develop the plan. 

Visual Evaluation Plan Workbook (detailed 'hands-on' workbook)

The DoView Visual Evaluation Plan Workbook provides a step-by-step guide on how to develop a visual evaluation plan. This workbook is a sub-set of the material covered in the more comprehensive Easy Outcomes Workbook. The Easy Outcomes Workbook covers additional uses for outcomes models in addition to their use in evaluation planning (e.g. for strategic planning, outcomes-focused contracting). 

13 Tips For Building Great Outcomes Models (Intervention logics)  (1 page tip sheet)

When building an evaluation plan based on a visual outcomes model, it is important that the outcomes model on which it is based is constructed appropriately. This one page 'tip sheet' sets out the rules for drawing such outcomes models. Use this tip sheet yourself, or hand it out when working with a group so that everyone is clear about the rules you are using to build your model. If anyone wants to know where the 13 rules come from, refer them to the article on which it is based - a set of formal standards for building outcomes models (program logics).  

What Outcomes and Results Modeling can Do for Your Organization (1 page tip sheet)

A one page 'tip sheet' which describes the ways in which a well constructed outcomes model, once developed, can be used for strategic planning, prioritization, evidence-based practice, working out different or activities are believed to contribute to joint outcomes, getting staff outcomes focused, performance measurement and tracking progress and outcomes-focused contracting in addition to evaluation planning. Hand this tip sheet out to the group with which you are building your outcomes model for evaluation planning so they can have a clear idea of how their organization can leverage off the work they are doing by using the outcomes model they are creating for other purposes. This approach is set out in more detail in the article here.

Pre-existing program outcomes models you can 'borrow' to get going (OutcomesModels.org) (website)

A set of outcomes models (program logics) which have already been developed for a number of programs in a number of areas. You can click through them in their web page versions and if if like any of them and if they are relevant to you, you can immediately print them off as PDFs. If you have DoView outcomes software installed, you can immediately download the DoView file of the model and start amending it to reflect what is happening in your program.