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Theory in Evaluation

  • Apollo M. Nkwake
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Abstract

This chapter distinguishes among social science theory, evaluation theory, evaluators’ theory, and program theory and between results chains and theories of change. It demonstrates that logic models are incomplete if they do not spell out the assumptions (implicit or behind-the-scenes concepts, conditions, and qualifications) within the linkages or arrows in a results chain that explains why one result is expected to lead to another.

Keywords

Evaluation purpose  Evaluation theory  Social science theory  Program theory  Causative theory  Theory-driven evaluation 

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  • Apollo M. Nkwake
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  1. 1.Questions LLCMarylandUSA

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