A program logic approach to evaluating educational innovations

Crosthwaite, Caroline, Jolly, Lesley and Brown, Lizzie (2009). A program logic approach to evaluating educational innovations. In: Proceedings of the Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2009. REES 2009: The 2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, Palm Cove, QLD, Australia, (). 20-23 July 2009.

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Author Crosthwaite, Caroline
Jolly, Lesley
Brown, Lizzie
Title of paper A program logic approach to evaluating educational innovations
Conference name REES 2009: The 2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium
Conference location Palm Cove, QLD, Australia
Conference dates 20-23 July 2009
Proceedings title Proceedings of the Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2009
Journal name 2009 Research in Engineering Education Symposium, REES 2009
Place of Publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Melbourne School of Engineering, The University of Melbourne
Publication Year 2009
Sub-type Fully published paper
ISBN 9781921047619
1921047615
Total pages 6
Language eng
Formatted Abstract/Summary
This article argues that good program evaluation needs to treat educational innovations and processes as it would any other social program. Drawing on the literature in social program evaluation, we argue for the need to understand the theory behind the project which embodies assumptions about how its effects are produced. Once these are articulated and examined, they can then be incorporated into a program logic which lays out inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes and can be used as a planning document for future curriculum development as well as a template for evaluating the program. Some preliminary data from a current evaluation of the use of sustainable development projects sponsored by Engineers Without Borders Australia exemplify how such an evaluation produces fine grained understandings of the mechanisms at work and their effectiveness. The challenge is thrown out for all engineering academics with an interest in education to incorporate these evaluation approaches into their practice.
Copyright © 2009 Authors: The authors assign to the REES organisers and educational non-profit institutions a non-exclusive licence to use this document for personal use and in courses of instruction provided that the article is used in full and this copyright statement is reproduced.
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Additional Notes Presented during Session 1C "PBL" as Paper 49. Proceedings published as a USB stick.

 
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