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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Sage Publications; 2 edition (Aug. 24 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452216754
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452216751
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 1.3 x 25.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
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The Guidebook fills a niche in the skills and knowledge needed by nonprofit managers to be successful in their work. It leads the field in providing both the theory and practice of using logic models as a critical management tool. --Kathryn Agard, Ph.D."

The material in this book has enduring value. It is a keeper for students and me. --Simon Fass, Ph.D."

This book should be in the library of every individual involved in program development and evaluation. It is a powerful tool for practitioners and students. --Sylvie Taylor, Ph.D."

Regardless of sector, logic models are valuable tools to design systems and improve strategy. --Kori Reed"

About the Author

Lisa Wyatt Knowlton, Ed.D.

Lisa received a BA in International Relations from Michigan State University, a M.P.A. in International Relations  from  Western Michigan University and an Ed.D. in Management and Policy from Western Michigan University.  Her work history includes extensive assignments in programming and management of private, community and corporate philanthropy along with organizational development and government relations. She has managed many large change projects for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation along with special projects for the Aspen Institute, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Independent Sector, Ball, Nokomis and Kauffman Foundations. Lisa is a W.K. Kellogg National Leadership Fellow and has spent considerable time in Central America, Asia and Europe. Her areas of specialization include strategy, team learning, organization development, social marketing, leadership, change management and systems thinking. She is a strategy architect, project manager and learning coach with Phillips Wyatt Knowlton, Inc. She also speaks Spanish. You can reach her via e-mail at: She lives in Battle Creek and Glenn, Michigan, with her husband, Tim, and daughter, Taylor.

Cynthia C. Phillips, Ph.D.

Cynthia’s  received a BS in Biology & Chemistry from Indiana University, an M.A. in Educational Leadership from Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. in Measurement, Research & Evaluation from Western Michigan University.  She has a rich work history that  includes extensive consultation with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Ball Foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Nokomis, Kauffman, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundations in the design and implementation of evaluation, evaluation training and knowledge management projects. She is the author of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Development Guide. Cynthia is a sought-after presenter on logic models and knowledge management. Her areas of specialization and expertise include: evaluation/measurement; knowledge management; organizational learning; logic models, quantitative and qualitative methods; electronic data collection and dissemination. Cynthia offers a user-friendly approach to evaluation capacity building. She is principal investigator, project manager, idea engineer and measurement expert with Phillips Wyatt Knowlton, Inc. You can reach her via e-mail at: She lives in Richland, Michigan, with her husband, Dennis.

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By AB on Feb. 19 2013
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Is exactly what was needed and layout and look is easy to understand and put into practice for work and reports.
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HASH(0x9bc6333c) out of 5 stars Logic models and learning Oct. 1 2012
By Salvatore Alaimo - Published on
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I teach a graduate course in program evaluation at Grand Valley State University, and I cover the development and use of logic models with my students. This book is a valuable resource for how to use logic models for program development, delivery and evaluation. In my opinion, an ideal world or programs is one where everyone had a logic model and that model was developed at the conception of the program. While it is never too late to develop a logic model for a program, the ideal time is when the program is being developed. This book is user friendly with its palatable writing style that is a pleasure to read. It provides the reader with strategies, and the nuts and bolts for how logic models can serve as the basis for our learning about our programs. I highly recommend this book and I am fortunate to be in West Michigan where I invite these authors to guest lecture to my class. Logic models are no longer just requirements from funders, they are a critical basis for why we have programs and their intended impact. This book is a helpful guide not only for individuals but also for organizations desiring to change their paradigm for how they view logic models, and those seeking to maximize the benefit from developing and using them.
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HASH(0x9ba48b40) out of 5 stars A Road Map to Effective Organization Performance Sept. 27 2012
By Dave Dempsey - Published on
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This book is a marvel. It should be read by every nonprofit CEO and board member (and many others). It shows how logic models can usefully guide organizations from muddling to effectiveness. Lucid and jargon-free, the text is refreshingly understandable. It links theory and practice in ways that relate pragmatically to the nonprofit organizations I've served. New professionals will clearly benefit. Those professionals who have extensive experience will also gain by reading about the underpinnings of model development, which will stimulate their thinking and practice.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By sherwood - Published on
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I suppose a rating reflects one's expectations. I was disappointed. If you want to understand the workable basics of logic models you could find that in a one page summary. This book is often repetitive and is filled with the kind of bloated and un-friendly writing that academics are infamous for. Why oh why is it so difficult to write conversationally? It is such a shame that this topic is not better presented since it's a very important one.

There's a great irony here, since evaluations call for two skills that some might think are mutually exclusive - creativity and disciplined reason. Before designing or evaluating a program it's necessary to IMAGINE all the ways it can go wrong. (If that's even possible.) This calls for a creative mind. But, evaluations also call for discipline and a mind focused on all the details. What is particularly upsetting about the tone created by books repetitiveness and confabulated language is that bright and creative minds are bound to read this book and come away numbed by it all instead of energized, curious, and innovative. This book speaks to functionaries, not visionaries. We need them both.

There is a lot of good info here and I recommend the book for its knowledge. You'll have to work through some frustration to get it but it is a worthwhile read. Just expect it to be work and not enjoyable. And it's a shame it is that way. Academics are well known for their poor writing. They use verbs like "utilize" instead of the quite capable verb "use" in order to bloat and impress, and It's sad that young people entering this and other fields become indoctrinated to such poor methods of writing and communication.

I would not recommend this book for teaching, but it would be a great guide to have by your side in the field as a reference while getting a program or evaluation. If a basic English writing style guide were applied to this book it would probably get 5 stars from me.
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HASH(0x9ba4830c) out of 5 stars Poor Graphics in Kindle Ed. Feb. 9 2014
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Great book, easy to read, and an asset to program planning.

Figures are blurry in the kindle edition, and difficult to read.

Need to have an audio version available.
HASH(0x9c17dd2c) out of 5 stars Five Stars Dec 28 2015
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Great book, I have been using it and recommend it.