Logic Models, Program Evaluation, and other Frightening Topics

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Presentation given at Minnesota Literacy Council AmeriCorps VISTA Early Service Training, August 24, 2012, by John Hamerlinck (Minnesota Campus Compact)

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  • “Standard of living is generally measured by levels of consumption and thus, by levels of income. . . Quality of life is related to feeling good about one's life and one's self.
  • introductions
  • That’s where the light is shining story
  • Asset-Based: discovers gifts & talents in the community right nowInternally-Focused: Relies on community’s strengths, not on outside resourcesRelationship-Driven: Seeks to connect local people, associations and institutions
  • EVERYBODY is a potential ally.Everyone has gifts& talents and IDEASWelcome people at the margins.Invite them to join your work.
  • Bacon Maple Bar at VooDoo Doughnuts in Portland, OregonStrange bedfellows, “I never thought I’d be working with . . . “
  • CoyoteAsset – fastDeficit – can’t get small mammals burrowed undergroundBadgerAsset – great at diggingDeficit – too slow to get many small mammals
  • Don’t map assets simply as an exercise to create a databaseAssets are not staticThey can atrophyNew ones (relationships) are being added constantly
  • What are some gifts or assets you might take for granted?What are some assets that allow you to survive?What are some assets you dislike, but rely on anyway?What did you used to be good at?What are some assets you use only on special occasions?What are some “far-away” assets?Special places?Surprising groups of people?
  • You will write one asset per index card, finishing with a small stack of assets.
  • Then your table will learn what you already know
  • Logic Models, Program Evaluation, and other Frightening Topics

    1. 1. Logic Models, ProgramEvaluation, and otherFrightening Topics
    2. 2. What is a logic model?It’s the graphic depiction of the relationship between your program’s activities and its intended effects.
    3. 3. Headache Get Pills Take Pills Feel Better(SITUATION) (INPUT) (OUTPUT) (OUTCOME)
    4. 4. What does a logic model look like?
    5. 5. What is thesituation? What are we going to do?
    6. 6. Why use a logic model?
    7. 7. Helps in planning & evaluation Helps inBrings detail to implementation & broad goals communications Logic Model
    8. 8. Build understanding &promote consensus aboutwhat the program is, andhow it will work.Make your underlying Get Everybody onbeliefs explicit. the Same PageSummarize complexprograms to communicatewith stakeholders andfunders.
    9. 9. Hierarchy of Effects Bennett and Rockwell, 1995, “Targeting Outcomes of Programs” Social, Economic, & Environmental ImprovementsActions Changes in behaviors and practicesLearning Changes in knowledge, attitudes, skills, aspirationsReactions Degree of satisfaction with program; level of interest; feelings toward activities, educational methodsParticipation Number and characteristics of people reached; frequency and intensity of contact University of Wisconsin Extension
    10. 10. SpecificMeasurableAttainableRealisticTimely
    11. 11. WHO is going to do WHAT, WHEN, WHY,and TO WHAT STANDARD?
    12. 12. Limitations of Logic Models
    13. 13. They represent reality, but are not reality(Human relationships are not mathematic formulas).
    14. 14. Programs/projects are not linear(Nothing ever goes exactly as planned).
    15. 15. They focus on expected outcomes, not on actual outcomes. (positive or negative unintended consequences)
    16. 16. They have a tendency to assess what is easiest to measure rather than what is most valuable.
    17. 17. There can be causal attribution issues (Variables may not be isolated and many factors are influencing outcomes).
    18. 18. They don’t address whether you are doing the right thing, only what you did
    19. 19. Some Things to Remember
    20. 20. Theory of ChangeIF > THEN, IF >THEN, IF > THEN, IF > THEN
    21. 21. Cartoon by Sidney Harris "I think you should be more explicit here in step two."
    22. 22. We measure what we valueand value what we measure.
    23. 23. Quality of Life vs. Standard of Living
    24. 24. Never anumberwithout a story; never a storywithout anumber
    25. 25. AssetBasedCommunityDevelopment
    26. 26. Asset-Based Internally-FocusedRelationship-Driven
    27. 27. We all have assets and deficits.
    28. 28. ABCDNeeds Based Asset BasedFocus on Focus ondeficiencies effectivenessPeople areconsumers of People areservices producersResidents observe Residentsas issues are being participate andaddressed are empowered
    29. 29. Individuals Everybody!Associations Social AssetsInstitutions Public, private, nonprofitPhysical Assets Buildings, natural assetsExchange Financial transactions, etc.
    30. 30. Associations & Institutions• Consensus • Control• Care • Production• Citizens • Consumers• Capacities • Needs
    31. 31. Individual Skills/Assets Inventory Inventory Tool 1AName_________________________ Phone________________________ Date__________________________ Health Construction & Repair Food Caring for the Elderly Painting Catering Caring for the Mentally Ill Plumbing Preparing for Many People Caring for the Sick Electrical Serving to Many People Caring for Disabled People Carpentry Operating Commercial Equipment EMT or Emergency First Aid Brick and Masonry Baking Nursing Experience Wall Papering Meat Cutting and Preparation Nutrition Furniture Repairs Bartending Exercise Locksmith or Lock Repairs Building Garages Transportation Office Dry-wall and Taping Driving a Car Typing (WPM______) Cabinetmaking Driving a Van Taking Phone Messages Welding and Soddering Driving a Bus Writing Business Letters Concrete Work Driving a Tractor-Trailer Receiving Phone Orders Heating and Cooling Systems Driving a Commercial Truck Operation Switchboard Flooring and Carpeting Operating Farm Equipment Bookkeeping Roofing Driving Emergency Vehicles Computer Information Entry Other_________________________ Computer Word Processing Supervision Other_______________________ Maintenance Writing Reports Floor Cleaning/Refinishing Filling Out Forms Child Care Carpet Cleaning Working with a Budget Infant Care (0-1 yr) Household Cleaning Recording of Activities Child Care (1-6 yrs) Lawn Mowing and Yard Work Writing Proposals or Grants Adolescent Care (7-13) Gardening Planning Projects Taking Kids on Field Trips Tree and Shrubbery Care Supervising Projects Pre-school Care Other_________________________Source: Vitalizing Communities, Community Guide , 1999, J. Allen, S. Cordes, and J. Hart, p. 28
    32. 32. “What are you “What are you most concernedgood at?” (assets) or passionate about?” “We need you.”
    33. 33. COYOTE & BADGER
    34. 34. ?
    35. 35. “The best wayto have a goodidea is to have lots of ideas.” - Linus Pauling
    36. 36. MY BROTHER’S COLLEGEROOMMATE IS NOW A MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL PLAYER. I BAKE GREAT CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
    37. 37. Look over your group’s collective assets.Form action ideas from these assets.Brainstorm actions that connect these assetsto accomplish goals related to your issue.
    38. 38. Cluster the assets you have connected.Tell others in the group what you are thinking.Other people can add assets to your cluster or start a new cluster. Action 1 Action 2 Action 3 – Asset – Asset – Asset – Asset – Asset – Asset – Asset – Asset – Asset
    39. 39. John Hamerlinckjohn@mncampuscompact.org320-308-4271www.mncampuscompact.org

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