If you’re not familiar with the Logic Model, it’s a methodology used in program reviews/evaluation. It’s fairly popular actually. That’s one of my primary job responsibilities. So, I’m looking at newly released resources so I can keep abreast. Before I buy anything, I love checking out reviews of others and their experiences. But before I do that, I usually go to Google. In this case, I asked Google to tell me the best books on the Logic Model.
The top book that returned in the search results and one that was on my very short list of books ironically, is titled, The Logic Model Guidebook: Better Strategies for Great Results, by Lisa Wyatt Knowlton. As I read the reviews, I was impressed to see one after another, from one website to the next, with highly glowing praises about the book. Every review that I could find offered good to excellent ratings in the feedback. . . except one. This one reviewer wrote, “I think this is the worst book I have ever read.” I wondered if this reviewer was reading the same book as everyone else. How do several people rave about something but one lone wolf’s opinion is on the opposite extreme, rating it as the worse? Yes, the other reviews may have identified one or two things that could have been better about the book; however they gave it an overall favorable rating.
I see this often when I read reviews. Whether it’s a review for a product, a restaurant, or some other product or service, I will never understand how one person can have an opinion that is so vastly different than that of everyone else. Perhaps it’s like one of my coworkers strongly believes: that online reviews are all rigged and that vendors have paid reviewers for their ratings when there are an abundance of positive ones — vendor’s competitor paid people to leave unfavorable ratings. It would not surprise me to learn that that’s actually true.
What about you? Are you familiar with this book? If so, I’d love your thoughts.