Evaluation Glossary

Program Theory

A set of assumptions about the manner in which the program relates to the social benefits it is expected to produce and the strategy and tactics the program has adopted to achieve its goals and objectives. Within program theory we can distinguish impact theory, relating to the nature of the change in social conditions brought about by program action, and process theory, which depicts the program's organizational plan and service utilization plan.

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Related Terms

Impact Theory
Logic Model
Theory of change