A logic model is a map that graphically illustrates how your program activities will lead to the expected short-termand long-term outcomes. A logic model will make it clear whether your program makes sense and whether the expected outcomes are realistic given the planned activities.
In short, the model shows what your program is expected to achieve and how it is expected to work, based on an expected chain of events that:
Link the clear specification of the problem/issue you are addressing to:
What you believe is needed to change the problem (the investments) to:
The procedures, activities, and products it produces to:
The shorter term outcomes to:
The final consequences --long-term outcomes!
(Adapted from University of Wisconsin Evaluating Collaboratives: Reaching the Potential, July 1999, G3658-8)
The logic model synthesizes the main program elements into a picture of how the program is supposed to work.
Often displayed in a flow chart, map, or table, the logic model portrays the sequence of steps leading to program results. A simple logic model might look like this: