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Use logic models to bring together planning, evaluation and action

Logic models will show your nonprofit effectiveness

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.

While there are always new results-based models recommended to nonprofits or charities, the Logic Model is a standard "go-to" output/outcomes model that is an excellent place to begin your performance and impact measurement journey.

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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