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Creating a logic model

A logic model is a key planning tool for sport and development initiatives. It is the actionable outcome of your Theory of Change (ToC) and brings together research such as stakeholder mapping and your situational analysis to develop an aligned strategy to implement your initiative.

An example of a logic model was introduced earlier in week 1. Now it’s your turn to bring together all your analysis this far into a first draft logic model.


By working backwards from your most recent ToC, the logic model matrix structure helps you to align required outcomes with actionable and evaluable activities. Use the workbook below to complete the matrix, under the following headers:

  • Assumptions and Context: how the programme functions within the economic, social and political environment of its community
  • Resources: The capacity of the programme, including budget, staff, facilities and partnerships
  • Activities: The planned activities that will be shared with the participants
  • Output: The deliverables of the project
  • Outcomes: The measurable results of the programme
  • Impact: How the programme outcomes alter the context and situation

It is very likely that your logic model will be refined further to produce multiple rows in the matrix but to start with just focus on ensuring that each column input logically aligns, that it builds directly from your ToC, assumptions are well articulated, and outcomes are SMART.

The next stage of development will be to refine your monitoring and evaluation approach, as well as to identify how best to include participants in the design, planning and implementation processes.

Screenshot of handout Logic Model Workbook
This workbook covers:

1. Logic model visual
2. Theory of Change and problem tree
3. Logic model matrix

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Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes

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