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Developing your logic model

Developing a logic model framework for your initiative

A logic model is a key planning tool. It is the outcome of your theory of change and brings together research such as stakeholder mapping and your situation analysis to develop an aligned strategy.

An example of a logic model was introduced earlier in week 1. Now it’s your turn to bring together all your learning to develop your draft of a logic model.

Activity

By working backwards from your most recent theory of change, 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
  • Outputs: The direct deliverables of the project
  • Outcomes: The measurable results of the programme
  • Impact: How the programme outcomes alter the overall context

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 theory of change, assumptions are well articulated, and outcomes are SMART.

As its name indicates, each step within your model must ‘logically’ link to the next. One must be able to follow the programme journey from left to right – test this on outsiders to see if it works!

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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