How Thomas Archibald thinks we can create an intentional Evaluative Thinking learning environment.

What's this? That's our organization's logic model. If that's what we are trying to do, we are collecting the wrong data. That's why we put this up next to it..."Can we make this better white board with sticky notes"

Today’s illustration inspired by one part of Tom Archibald’s blog post on Fostering Evaluative Thinking.

Create an intentional ET learning environment

  • Display logic models or other theory of change diagrams in the workplace—in meeting rooms, within newsletters, etc.
  • Create public spaces to record and display questions and assumptions.
  • Post inspirational questions, such as, “How do we know what we think we know?” (as suggested by Michael Patton here).
  • Highlight the learning that comes from successful programs and evaluations and also from “failures” or dead ends.


  1. Tom Archibald on June 23, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Thanks Chris! What an honor (and a great slide for future workshops)!!

    • Chris Lysy on June 23, 2015 at 3:54 pm

      Glad you liked it Tom 🙂