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Logic model development guide

| Updated December 1, 2017

Using logic models to bring together planning, evaluation and action

Nonprofits are often pressed to demonstrate the effectiveness of program activities through outcome-oriented project evaluations. For an introduction to logic models, look to the guide attached below — which appears courtesy of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

By developing your own program logic model, you'll better understand the challenges ahead and the available resources. Better yet, you'll keep a balanced focus on the big picture and the individual components as you build community capacity and strengthen community voice.

Written in easy-to-understand terms and supplemented with templates and hands-on exercises, the 64-page guide is based on the collective experience of those at the W.K. Kellogg foundation who pioneered the application of logic modeling to their initiatives.

The guide is divided into four chapters:

  • Introduction to logic models
  • Developing a basic logic model for your program
  • Developing a theory-of-change logic model for your program
  • Using your logic model to plan for evaluation

Updated in 2004, the guide remains an example of current best practices.

Logic Model Development Guide

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