Discussion: logic models | CRJS 8381 – Program Evaluation | Walden University

 The Meals on Wheels program and the Canadian health care program described in McDavid, Huse & Hawthorn (2019) illustrate the range of complexity in applying logic models. The UNICEF (2002) cases illustrate examples of logframes and logic models as applied to post conflict rehabilitation of child soldiers.

For this Discussion, review this week’s Learning Resources and the case of the popular program, Alcoholics Anonymous.

By Day 3

Post by Day 3 an explanation that includes the following:

  • Explain whether or not you think the Alcoholics Anonymous program is successful. Justify your response.
  • Briefly describe what you think are the important characteristics of its underlying logic model. Explain your reasoning.


McDavid, J. C., Huse, I., & Hawthorn, L. R. L. (2019). Program evaluation and performance measurement: An introduction to practice (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Chapter 2, “Understanding and Applying Program Logic Models” (pp. 50-92)

BetterEvaluation. (2014c). Logframe. Retrieved from http://betterevaluation.org/evaluation-options/logframe

Koerner, B. I. (2010). Secret of AA: After 75 years, we don’t know how it works. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/2010/06/ff_alcoholics_anonymous/all/

UNICEF. (2002). From results-based planning tools to integrated M&E plan. Retrieved from http://www.ceecis.org/remf/Service3/unicef_eng/module2/part2.html

Optional Resource

Astbury, B., & Leeuw, F. L. (2010). Unpacking black boxes: Mechanisms and theory building in evaluation. American Journal of Evaluation, 31(3), 363–381.