Create a Logic Model
What is a Logic Model?
A logic model provides a visual diagram of your program all on one page. It shows the inputs and activities necessary to achieve the changes you hope to make (outcomes).
We’ve provided a basic worksheet you can use as a starting point. Feel free to adapt it to make it work for you and your stakeholders.
Why Use a Logic Model?
The most important part of developing a logic model is the conversation among stakeholders to come to agreement on a program’s intended outcomes. Too often, program staff, leaders, board, partners and funders have different views of what a program is trying to achieve, but don’t know it.
In the process of creating a logic model, stakeholders are forced to face a fundamental yet often unanswered question in nonprofit work -- is what we’re doing actually contributing to the changes we want to bring about in the world?
A logic model provides clear boundaries for what to say “yes” and “no” to, as opportunities come your way. Having a logic model makes it more likely that stakeholders agree on what you’re doing, what it will take to carry-out activities and what changes you expect to see as a result.
A logic model can be used throughout the lifecycle of your program.