Introducing Logic Models
A logic model is a flowchart of sorts that creates a visual description of a program and its core elements. This picture shows the relationships among:
- The resources you have to operate your program.
- The activities you've planned or that are underway.
- Who you plan to reach with said activities.
- The changes you expect the program to achieve.
There are many ways of creating a picture to describe your program. A "theory of action," or a "theory of change," or a "conceptual map" are different tools that can be used. This toolkit uses a logic model as a tool for planning a program evaluation. A logic model can have different uses depending upon the stage of a program's development. A logic model can help you:
- Develop strategies by illustrating what activities are needed to accomplish your goals (planning/design stage).
- Determine the program elements that you want to monitor on an ongoing basis as part of program management (early implementation stage).
- Communicate to others how your program leads to outcomes that matter (established programs).