Section 1: What is a Logic Model?

Section Overview

Welcome to Section 1. “What is a logic model?”

Welcome to this course on logic models. We’re glad you are here. Logic models are useful in program planning, implementation, evaluation and communications.

Please take a moment and look at the section outline to see what we will cover. We encourage you to use all of the “learn more” opportunities where we’ve included additional, useful information relevant to this section. Get comfortable and enjoy your exploration.

Section Goal

When you complete this section you will understand what a logic model is, the terminology and key components associated with logic models, and why logic models are useful. More specifically, you will…

  1. Understand that a logic model is a graphical illustration of a program.
  2. Know the key components of logic models.
  3. Know the difference between inputs, outputs, outcomes, and impact.
  4. Know the benefits that program staff receive from using a logic model.

Section Outline

You can use this outline to move through the the topics in this section.

  1. A Logic Model is a map
  2. Logic modeling is a way of thinking
  3. A simple Logic Model
  4. Some everyday examples
  5. An expanded simple Logic Model
  6. Example of simple Logic Model
  7. Full Logic Model framework
  8. Components of Logic Models – Situation
  9. Situation – Examples
  10. Situation – Priorities
  11. Inputs
  12. Outputs
  13. Outcomes
  14. Assumptions
  15. External factors
  16. Let’s practice! Input-Output-Outcome terminology
  17. Let’s practice! Logic Model puzzle
  18. Why use the Logic Model?
  19. Section summary


Learn more with a brief background on the subject…

  • Despite the current fanfare, logic models date back to the 1970s…
  • Many variations and types of logic models exist…
  • The logic model described in this module…

Bibliography with resources about logic model use and development.


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