Jos Vaessen (PhD, Maastricht University) is Methods Adviser at the Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank Group. Since 1998 he has been involved in evaluation research activities, first as an academic and consultant to bilateral and multilateral development organizations and from 2011 to 2015 as an evaluation manager at UNESCO. His ongoing involvement in some evaluation-related research and teaching activities as honorary lecturer at Maastricht University contributes to the necessary cross-fertilization evaluation research and practice. Jos has been author of several internationally peer-reviewed publications, including three books. Notable examples of his publications are: Impact evaluations and development – NONIE guidance on impact evaluation (2009, with Frans Leeuw; NONIE/World Bank), Mind the gap: perspectives on policy evaluation and the social sciences (2009, with Frans Leeuw; Transaction Publishers), Dealing with complexity in development evaluation: a practical approach (2015, with Michael Bamberger and Estelle Raimondo; SAGE Publications). Jos is a member of the Evaluation Advisory Panel at UNICEF and regularly serves on reference groups of evaluations for different institutions.
III-b: Essentials of Theory-Based Evaluation
Program theories guide the design and implementation of policy interventions and constitute an important basis for evaluation. Participants learn about the essentials of using program theory in evaluation. Topics include: what we mean by program theory; why is it important (in evaluation); what are the sources; how to develop a program theory; how do we use program theory as a framework for evaluation; what are the main challenges.
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