Section 4: What Does a Logic Model Look Like?

Section Overview

In this section you will learn that logic models look as different as the programs they represent and the contexts in which they exist. Some are simple, horizontal diagrams; others, are constructed vertically. Some include circles or other shapes; others look like a chart or table. You will understand that logic models may look different depending on if you are engaged in planning, implementation, evaluation, or communications. You will also explore the notion of multiple logic models and “nested” logic models that depict the various levels in a multi-tiered management system. Finally, we will spend some time thinking about how to make logic models more appropriate in cross-cultural settings.

As you work through the section, take time to link to the additional resources that are provided as supplements to the on-screen learning.

Section Goals

When you complete this section you will realize that a logic model looks different depending on the purpose for which it is to be used, the type of initiative being modeled, and the cultural or organizational context. More specifically, you will:

  1. Know that there is no one or right logic model and no one or right way to depict a logic model.
  2. Understand that the explanatory flow of a logic model may differ depending on whether you are engaged in planning, implementation, evaluation, communications, and marketing.
  3. Know that logic models may be described in varying detail depending on level and purpose.
  4. Be able to suggest ways to enhance the cultural appropriateness of logic models.

Section Outline

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

  1. A caution about the linearity of Logic Models
  2. Logic Models come in various shapes and sizes
  3. Elements that affect the look of Logic Models
  4. Multiple Logic Models
  5. Cultural adaptations
  6. Let’s practice! What does your Logic Model look like?
  7. Section summary

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