Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Logic Models ECUR 809 Assignment # 4

(A)Logic Model 1 - Flow Chart: General
Worksheet Flowchart 1

Logic Model 2 - Flow Chart: More Specific


B. Description of the Logic Model- Assignment # 4:
- scope of logic model (how much they cover);
- the number of levels included;
- the description of levels included;
- the direction of information flow
- the amount of text;
- the visual layout.
Each of these variables is described in turn, below.
Scope of Logic Model: The flow chart is a logic model designed for evaluation purposes of the whole programs at the Community Center. It begins with vision, mission, values, motivations, expectations, etc and at the end of the day, the purpose of evaluation is to find out if the programs are making the difference. The community center offers complex, multi-component programs that may require the development of separate logic models for each program component or activity. Thus, I designed one general and a more specific one that can help me to promote the need of evaluating ‘clients satisfaction’ in the community programs (which include Spanish & Tennis Teaching). Assessment and evaluation are best addressed from the viewpoint of the students’ reactions to 1) teachers &teaching, 2) class-assignments and 3) assignments-materials.
Number of Levels: The first flow chart logic model includes several ‘levels’ (goals, population of interest, long and short term objectives and indicators). The second one, includes strategies, activities, process indicators.
Description of Levels: There is no standard set of terminology for our logic models. So, the first one includes general terms and the second one applies more specifics. The discussion will begin with stakeholders:Who should be involved or engaged? Teachers, administrators, supervisors, coordinators, volunteers and students;the focus of my work will be on the students or participants of the Community Center Programs. How might they be engaged? Students will be invited in staff meetings, email, survey-questionnaires.
Direction of Information Flow: Both flow charts-logic models flows from moving from left to right starting with objectives and focus of the Evaluation: What am I going to evaluate?
The Community Center Programming (logic model 1) and the clients’ satisfaction – students’ reactions and satisfaction (logic model 2).
What is the purpose of the evaluation?
The purposes of this evaluation are to evaluate the extent to which (a) the organization and programs help the members of the Community in their personal and professional growth; (b) the participants or students are meeting the goals of the programs, namely the enhancement of student satisfaction and achievement.
Amount of Text: It is well known that the amount of text included in a logic model can vary greatly between logic models. It can be sparse and in point form, or highly detailed. As a matter of preference and the function, my logic models include the information needed for our purposes of presenting the most important issues:
Who will use the evaluation? How will they use the information?
- Teachers, administrators, supervisors, coordinators, volunteers and students.
- To assess the effectiveness of the programs and make changes and improvements to help teachers and students to meet the goals.
-To improve students achievement and satisfaction.
What questions will the evaluation seek to answer?
General questions:
Do Community Programs (CP) help participants or clients in their personal and professional growth and satisfaction? Are Programs meeting the goals set out by the Center? What are the reactions of students regarding those programs? Are they satisfied with their achievement of goals and performance?
Specific questions:
Does the community offer varied programs? Do teachers have adequate resources to implement them? Do they see growth in their students as a result of their CP?
Do Programs encourage students to develop personally and professionally?
Are Programs being used in the way that they are intended?
How are Programs perceived by students? Are they satisfied with their performance in those programs? What are the benefits to students?
Visual Layout: As we know there are many ways to approach visuals and overall layout. This is a highly subjective issue, but an important one as good visual design can greatly enhance the understandability of a logic model. In these cases I tried to avoid confusion and focus on the following questions:
What information do I need to perform evaluation? or to answer the questions?
Indicators – How will I know it? Level of satisfaction of participants.
When is the evaluation needed? At the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the program (s).
What evaluation design will you use? Consumer-Oriented Evaluation Approach.
Assessment and evaluation are best addressed from the viewpoint of the students’ reactions to 1) teachers & teaching, 2) class-assignments and 3) assignments-materials.
Collect the information:
What sources of information will you use?
Existing information:
Web site – Programs – Written materials provided by the Community Center – Teachers materials – samples of students’ work and/or experiences (videos, photos, etc).
Teachers, administrators and the focus will be on students satisfaction.
What data collection method(s) will you use?
E-mail survey questionnaire to students - and teachers - (a larger sample).
Questionnaire- Interview (a small sample of four students).

About Assignment # 5- ECUR 809: The focus for my assignment will be on students’ testimonials of their experience with CP (a sample of four students).My focus will be on Programs: "Spanish Intermediate and Tennis Instruction"

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1 comment:

  1. Nelson

    Once again you have done a wonderful job with your assignment. It is thorough and clearly outlines the program for your evaluation. The description is excellent as well.