Logic Models: A theory of change perspective to support economy, efficiency and effectiveness (H4)


Logic modelling is the foundation of evaluation. The recent (and growing) emphasis on demonstrating value for money has created increased demand for creating robust and informative evaluation structures. Unfortunately, logic models are often not prepared by evaluators and usually feature simplistic views of program implementation and one-dimensional models of causal impact. Recent value-for-money initiatives such as the Treasury Board policy on evaluation and the Results Based Budgeting Act in Alberta demand logic models that meet managerial (economy and efficiency) and policy (effectiveness) needs.

This workshop will integrate business process mapping and causal path analysis into the standard logic modelling process. In addition to supporting value-for-money, this approach reveals the logic model as the vehicle for discussing the theory of change.


Greg Mason

Dr. Greg Mason has presented to public sector and professional audiences for over 30 years. He has served as a faculty member at the University of Manitoba since 1974 during which time has taught program evaluation and econometrics at the graduate and undergraduate level.

Workshop Level



Participants need to understand the concepts of a logic model and be familiar with current evaluation practices used by government to assess value for money.

Date and time

Sunday, June 15, 2014
9:00 am to noon

Alignment with CE Designation Competencies

  • Understands the knowledge base of evaluation (theories, models, types methods and tools)
  • Specifies program theory
  • Determines program evaluability
  • Develops evaluation designs