Comparing and Contrasting a Program versus System Approach to Evaluation: The Example of a Cardiac Care System

This article examines the differences between approaching an evaluation problem from a program perspective and doing so from a systems perspective. Th e terms program, systems, systems thinking, and systems concepts are fi rst defi ned. Then, using an actual evaluation of a cardiac care system, it is shown how initial investments in a program theory approach were deemed inadequate to account for the influence of external factors on patient outcomes.
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What an eight-year-old can teach us about logic modelling and mainstreaming

This article presents a short case narrative, the purpose of which is to illustrate that complex evaluation methodologies such as logic modelling can be simplified to the point where a child can be guided through the process quickly. However, the case narrative also serves to highlight the potential consequences to program development and evaluation activities when the process is oversimplified.

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