We all want to know how well our programs worked, and might do so through evaluation at the mid- or end-point of our programs. However, how many of us ‘health check’ our programs early on to test how likely it is our program will work? Better to know this sooner rather than later!
Program logic is a tool commonly used in evaluation to help determine how well a program has worked. However, it is equally useful for an early ‘health check’. More program managers are now using program logic early, to help understand out what might limit, or even prevent, programs from achieving their expected outcomes.
Learning how to use program logic for this purpose will help you get clarity on how your project is expected to work, so you can make adjustments before implementation – rather than after the evaluation results come in. Using program logicIt will also ensure you are in a better position to:
a)Develop a good monitoring plan – to help you check in on project progress along the way; and/or
b)Understand what to look for, and who to speak to, when evaluating your project at its mid- or end-point.