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Using Logic Models
Evaluating outcomes is critical to program growth and improvement. Increasingly, agency administrators are required to provide evidence that their services make a difference for the children, families, and communities they serve. The use of logic models can help administrators show the connectivity between the needs, interventions, and outcomes. The following resources help practitioners become familiar with logic models, explain how to develop a logic model, and show how to plan a program evaluation.
Logic Model Builder
Child Welfare Information Gateway
Takes users through the process of developing a logic model that can help them evaluate their programs' effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and families. Instructions include program evaluation tools specific to family support and to prevention and postadoption services.
FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (2006)
Helps child abuse and neglect prevention, family support, parenting, and other related professionals evaluate their programs' effectiveness in improving outcomes for children and families.
Evaluation Brief: Developing a Logic Model (PDF - 88 KB)
James Bell Associates (2007)
Discusses reasons for developing a logic model, explains its basic components, and describes a sample logic model.
FRIENDS Online Learning Community
Offers continuing education and professional development opportunities for community-based child abuse prevention programs. The Learning Center's topic list includes logic models, data management, as well as maximizing financial resources for managers, frontline workers, and other child welfare professionals.
Instructional Guide: Creating and Using the Logic Model for Performance Management
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Child Support Enforcement (2006)
Outlines how to use logic models to design and implement effective programs. The guide includes examples of how organizations use logic models to develop short-term and long-term goals and how they represent programs and projects in a diagram.
Logic Model Development Guide
W.K. Kellogg Foundation (2004)
Introduces the principles and concepts of logic models to enhance program planning, implementation, and dissemination activities.
Logic Model Workbook (PDF - 590 KB)
Innovation Network (2005)
Presents a do-it-yourself guide to creating a logic model.
Tips for Developing Logic Models (PDF - 392 KB)
Displays a poster of guidelines to help managers and evaluators of programs, projects, and campaigns improve their logic modeling.