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Logic Models

Logic models are a good foundational tool to generate performance measures and support evaluation. Logic models assist in program planning, implementation, management, evaluation, and reporting. They help define the CJCC's intended outcomes and goals; the sequence of intended effects; which activities are to produce which effect; and where to focus outcome and process evaluations. An example of a logic model development template is shown below and can be downloaded here.

Appendix 1: Logic Model Development Template

Inputs/Resources Activities Outputs Short-Term Outcomes Impacts Contextual Conditions
Existing resources (both financial and human),
policies, practices, facilities, and capabilities
Specific strategies to be implementedImmediate results that occur as activities
and strategies are implemented
Indicators or benchmarks, that demonstrate changes
are occurring as a result of the activities
Anticipated long-term resultsExternal Factors that can facilitate or hinder
the ability to implement the activity or achieve
the intended outcomes and impacts

Developing a complete logic model can be a lengthy but worthwhile process. There is not just one type of logic model format that is ‘right’ or the best to use. In developing a logic model, you can start from the outcomes and work backward or start from inputs and activities and work forward. Regardless of how you proceed, you must have a clear and comprehensive understanding of the specific problem you would like to address. This typically includes reviewing existing data and relevant research as well as conducting a formal or informal assessment of available capacity, inputs, and needs. Often this information is added to a program plan’s logic model as a problem statement, situation, and/or determinants. Many times, in a CJCC each committee or task force will develop their own goals or problem statements. These can be combined to form a strategic plan for the CJCC as a whole.

Download:   Logic Model Development Template