Ignorance of history in evaluation

“Despite occasional statements that program theory is a new approach, its roots go back more than fifty years. […] The history of program theory evaluation is not one of a steady increase in understanding. Instead, many of the key ideas have been well articulated and then ignored or forgotten in descriptions of the approach. It is not unusual to have statements that demonstrate a lack of knowledge of previous empirical and theoretical developments, such as a call for proposals from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (2008) that claimed that β€œβ€˜theory-based evaluation’ is a relatively new approach” (p. 14).”

Sue C. Funnell and Patricia J. Rogers (2011, pp. 15–16). Purposeful Program Theory: Effective Use of Theories of Change and Logic Models. Jossey-Bass.