A logic model is a graphical representation that outlines the relationships between the resources, activities, outcomes, and intended impact of your professional learning program. An effective logic model aligns the programming to the programming’s goals—which makes it the perfect outline for evaluation.
But what does “alignment” actually mean in this context? Two key factors:
- Assessing the assumptions, rationales, and logic behind the program, and whether they are likely to impact the specific final outcome
- Determining the leading indicators and short-term outcomes that will show whether a program is working as intended, and what (if any) adjustments will help that outcome
Creating a Logic Model
Logic models bring planning, foresight and action together into a visual model of your program’s operations. They’re typically constructed before a program begins, providing an overview of the available resources, planned activities, predicted outcomes, and ultimate impact.