Logic Models

What is a Logic Model?

A logic model is a map of your program. It is a simple, logical illustration of what you do, why you do it, and how you will know if you are successful. There is a wide variety of logic model formats, but most have the same key components. The elements of a logic model will become more apparent as you go through the logic model building process. Although the process is laid out in a step by step fashion, you will find the need to “loopback” to make certain decisions made in later phases still match choices you made earlier.

Ideally, someone unfamiliar with your program should be able to pick up your one-page logic model and have a general understanding of the linkages between the services you provide and the desired outcomes you hope will be achieved.

Logic Model Components

What are the first steps in logic model development?

Identify a team with members who represent the stakeholders in your program. Teams should include parent-leaders, direct service staff, and administrators. Because a logic model guides program development, implementation, and evaluation, those people who will be affected by it should also be involved in creating it. Your team can go with you through each step of the logic model development process, or they can review work already completed. The team can make recommendations, review the literature, and provide valuable insight into what is both positive and possible in your work with children and families.

FRIENDS, in collaboration with the Child Welfare Information Gateway, has developed an online Logic Model Builder to guide you in preparing your own logic model. As you select outcomes and indicators from the menu, they are exported to the corresponding section of the logic model. The user can then modify the outcomes and indicators to reflect their intent and format more accurately.

TIP: The CBCAP program operates from a logic model, called the CBCAP Conceptual Framework.

Where can I see other logic model formats?

There is no right or wrong logic model design. Below are links to some other logic model formats.

The following annotated logic model uses the components described here:

The Title of Your Project

Vision (impact, long-term outcome, goal): Your vision statement is a reflection of the purpose and spirit behind your actions. All activities and outcomes should contribute to the achievement of your vision. A truly inspired vision statement may not be measurable in the short-term, and your program doesn’t necessarily have to be responsible for single-handedly achieving it. Rather, your program may be contributing to its achievement.

Population and Population Needs: A description of the population you are targeting and the specific needs you intend to address through your services.

Logic Models Flow Chart