Logic models

Logic models can help communities to demonstrate that their proposals for service transformation are based on clear analysis of what is wrong at present and how this can be changed, and how the effectiveness of their proposals will be monitored once they have been implemented.

What is a logic model?

Fundamentally a logic model is about:

  1. Showing what is wrong
  2. Explaining the steps that will be taken to correct this
  3. Describing the outcome if these steps are successful.

Logic models are used by public agencies, private companies and 3rd sector organisations as part of business planning and delivery, acting as a systematic and visual way of demonstrating the thinking that underpins a programme and policy.

logic model diagram
Logic model diagram

Different parts of a logic model

  • Conditions 
    • This part of your logic model should give readers who are unaware of your local area a quick understanding of the challenges your local area faces, the policies that already exist to tackle these challenges and what needs to happen for these challenges to be overcome.
  • Detail of your proposal
    • These parts of your logic model should detail the ‘nuts and bolts’ of your Our Place proposal, telling people what resources you have, what you will be doing with these resources, for how many people etc.
  • Intended outcomes
    • If your Our Place proposal is a success then residents and organisations are going to be attending events and courses, accessing new sources of information, receiving advice on various topics etc.
  • Intended impacts
    • If the consequences you have identified in your Outcomes box do materialise then you should be having a positive impact upon the wider contextual factors/issues that you identified at the start of your logic model.
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