May 1, 2016
May 1, 2016
What is it? Why do I need one? How can it be useful? It feels like a waste of time.....Logic Models are not embraced by many grant writers, but should be because they help focus planning efforts toward measurable success.
The Kellogg Foundation Logic Model Guide proposes,
"The program logic model is defined as a picture of how your organization does its work – the theory and
assumptions underlying the program. A program logic model links outcomes (both short- and long-term)
with program activities/processes and the theoretical assumptions/principles of the program." I recommend you read through their guide.
Many grant applications require the logic model to be attached. Do not wait until the last minute to create your model. In fact, the logic model will go through several iterations as you and your team are writing a proposal for funding. Perhaps at the completion of the logic model you will decide not to apply for a grant.
Through the logic model you will be able to ascertain whether you should move forward with the project, how much it will truly cost and how you will know if it was a success. The logic model too will identify resources required to adequately staff and manage the project.
The logic model can be a great tool for management to set priorities and measure both short term and long term outcomes. Creating one is a valuable exercise.