Logic Models

Staff have identified for you their recommended "must reads" on logic modeling based on NIDILRR grantees' frequency of requests for a copy of the article and the perceived usefulness of the article.

Developing a Logic Model

Logic Models - University of Wisconsin-Madison Division of Extension

UW-Madison provides several resources for developing logic models, including the interactive online course Enhancing Program Performance with Logic Models. This course helps program practitioners learn to use and apply logic models. Examples and templates of logic models are also available for download. https://fyi.extension.wisc.edu/programdevelopment/logic-models/

Point K Logic Model Builder

The Innovation Network Inc.’s Point K Logic Model Builder is an interactive tool that guides users through developing a logic model for their own program. Each step includes a description and examples, plus space to enter your own text. At the end, the tool will automatically create a visual representation of your logic model. To get started, you will need to create a free account. This will allow you to save your work on your logic model(s). http://www.innonet.org/resources/?module=lmb

Developing a Logic Model or Theory of Change

The Community Toolbox at the University of Kansas explains how to create and use a logic model in Chapter 2, Section 1: “Developing a Logic Model or Theory of Change.” This resource also presents several real-world examples of logic modeling and provides a PowerPoint summarizing the main points. https://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/overview/models-for-community-health-and-development/logic-model-development/main

General Resources

Everything you Wanted to Know About Logic Models But Were Afraid to Ask

This paper was funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) under a contract to Insites, a Colorado-based non-profit 501(c)3 organization. It addresses situations where a private foundation designs an initiative and award grants to a number of sites to participate in the initiative in their local setting. The basic ideas are applicable to other situations. (1999)

Utilization Logic Models

A need has emerged among the NIDILRR grantee community for a mechanism to guide planned project activities.

Logic models for program design, implementation, and evaluation: Workshop Toolkit

This Logic Model Workshop Toolkit is designed to help practitioners learn the overall purpose of a logic model, the different elements of a logic model, and the appropriate steps for developing and using a logic model for program evaluation. This toolkit includes a facilitator workbook, a participant workbook, and a slide deck (U.S. Department of Education, Institute of Education Sciences, 2015). https://ies.ed.gov/ncee/edlabs/regions/northeast/pdf/rel_2015057.pdf

Ideas and Examples for Logic Modeling

The Logic Underlying a Research-Based College Access Program

The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP) is a college access program aimed at providing a multiyear college preparation experience to high-achieving, low-income students in the Princeton, New Jersey, area. This report presents the theory of change and logic model of PUPP (Millett, Saunders, & Kevelson 2018). https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1002/ets2.12175

Developing a logic model for youth mental health

This paper describes the process of developing a logic model for a youth mental health intervention that took place in a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. The process of developing the logic model involved community input at several stages (Afifi et al. 2011). https://academic.oup.com/heapol/article/26/6/508/765739

A Logic Model for the Integration of Mental Health into Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

In 2004, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) convened a group of mental health and public health professionals to develop a logic model for addressing mental health as it relates to chronic disease prevention and health promotion. Published in the CDC-sponsored journal, Preventing Chronic Disease, the article provides details on the model's inputs, activities, and desired outcomes (Lando, Williams, Williams, & Sturgis, 2006). http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/apr/05_0215.htm

The REACH 2010 Logic Model: An Illustration of Expected Performance

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) supports 40 Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH 2010) community coalitions in designing, implementing and evaluating ways to eliminate health disparities in racial and ethnic groups. This article, published in Preventing Chronic Disease, describes the components of the REACH 2010 logic model, which was developed to illustrate REACH's theory of change. (Tucker, Liao, Giles, & Liburd, 2006). http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2006/jan/05_0131.htm

The VERB™ Campaign Logic Model: A Tool for Planning and Evaluation

The VERB campaign, an initiative to increase and sustain physical activity among children approaching adolescence (or "tweens"), uses a logic model as a tool to share information, to facilitate program planning, and to provide direction for evaluation. This Preventing Chronic Disease article both describes this logic model's components, and offers very brief summaries of theories related to branding, message design, planned behavior, social cognition and information processing (Huhman, Heitzler, & Wong, 2004). http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2004/jul/04_0033.htm

Metrics for Healthy Communities Logic Models

This website provides 7 examples of logic models for community development and health organizations. The site is a collaboration between Wilder Research of St. Paul, MN and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Each logic model provides a menu of typical inputs, activities, outputs, and outcomes for a particular type of organization. Many of the activities and outcomes in each logic model link to related evidence. http://metricsforhealthycommunities.org/logic-models/community-health-center