Week 3 Discussion Saheed Mustafa

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Respond by Day 5 to two colleagues in the following way:

  • Explain whether you agree that these are important characteristics of the logic behind the program.
  • Explain what other considerations might be important.

The logic model or logical framework has become ubiquitous in thedevelopment sector. There is hardly any programme of note beingimplemented without one form of logical framework or the other. Theframework is widely adopted as a tool for measuring and explaining howchange will happen. McDavid, Huse & Hawthorn (2019), noted that“logic models are an almost-indispensable aid in designing, operating,and evaluating programs and policies”. McDavid et al, further definedlogic models as “graphic representations of the structure of programs;they simplify and illustrate the intended cause-and-effect linkagesconnecting resources, activities, outputs, and outcomes”. It isdifficult to come to any meaningful contribution on the success of theAlcoholic Anonymous Programme (AA), due to the lack of empiricalevidence that can clearly attribute the success to anyone part of theprogramme. The programme was founded on intuition and faith in a higherbeing (Koerner, 2010). It will be wrong to say that the programme hasnot had positive impact on its members, there are testimonies that pointto the efficacy of the programme in setting its members on the righttrack. There is evidence that nothing comes close to it in its abilityto help alcoholics recover. Koerner’s (2010) statement that, “What we doknow, however, is that despite all we’ve learned over the past fewdecades about psychology, neurology, and human behavior, contemporarymedicine has yet to devise anything that works markedly better” is apointer to its effectiveness. AA has been successful in a non-scientificway; the same way I suppose that religion provides succor or hope forthe down trodden. Karl Marx once said that religion is the opium of themasses. It is possible that the group effect so very well articulate inKoerner’s (2010) article has the same effect on sustaining religiousenthusiasm in regular church goers as it does with regular members ofAA. Note that there is evidence that regular attendees and those whobecome actively involved in the movement rather than the programme aremore likely to succeed than those who are forced or chanced on theprogramme (Koerner, 2010).

On the other hand, attributing all of the success to the AAprogramme is a challenge due to the difficulty of studying theprogramme. The nature of the programme especially its insistence onanonymity makes it difficult to study according to Koerner’s (2010). Theprogramme has no known mechanism or system of evaluating itself. Itdoes not have a logic model that portrays the link between inputs,activities, outputs and programmes McDavid, Huse & Hawthorn (2019).However, the programme logic seems to include a goal to providealcoholics an enabling environment where they can pursue their recoveryprocess without pressure or judgement. The programme provides a spacewhere members can meet without any cost to the members, providingfacilitators of meetings who themselves are going through the samestruggle; the activities include attending meetings every day, membersare encourage to share their stories, accept help, identifying those whohave been hurt along the way and seeking to make amends, continuousself-evaluation and acknowledgement of mistakes, helping otheralcoholics as sponsors among others. All of these activities arevoluntary and are not tracked in a systematic way. The immediate outputis a confidence that members have that they are not alone in theirstruggle and a replacement activity for hanging around people whocontinue to consume alcohol. The outcome expected to be achieved is acomplete abstinence from alcohol, which will in turn have long termpositive effects on the members’ quality of life and wellbeing.

Reference

McDavid, J. C., Huse, I., & Hawthorn, L. R. L. (2019). Programevaluation and performance measurement: An introduction to practice(3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Koerner, B. I. (2010). Secret of AA: After 75 years, we don’t knowhow it works. Retrieved fromhttp://www.wired.com/2010/06/ff_alcoholics_anonymo…

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