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Logic Models and Program Planning

A Brief Overview

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If you are a CDC DASH funded partner, then the logic model is one of three primary program planning tools that you will develop and use to understand and monitor your program’s implementation. The other two are the strategic plan and the annual workplan. In this tutorial, I will be focusing on the logic model, but let’s begin by taking a quick look at how the three planning tools fit together.

Important note: There are two types of goals indicated within these program planning tools:

The overall program goal is the overall mission or purpose of the program. This is the goal that is stated in your logic model—either at the top or in the far right-hand box.

The five-year program goals are broad statements of program purpose and describe the expected long-term effects of a program. These five-year program goals should address the program’s effect in reducing a health problem and identify the target population to be affected. These are the goals that show up in your strategic plan and your workplan.

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[This animation illustrates the five-year program as a map of a five-year journey occurring one year at a time. The five-year strategic plan serves as guidance on how to complete this journey. The five-year program logic model provides a detailed map of the journey. The milestones are the achievement of annual workplan objectives. At the end of year five, the five-year program goals will have been achieved. The overall program goal, healthy youth, will not be achieved within five years.]

Your five-year strategic plan provides guidance on how to complete your five-year journey.Your Travel Guide: Your five-year strategic plan provides guidance on how to complete your five-year journey.
Your five-year program logic model provides a detailed map of your five-year journey.Your Detailed Map: Your five-year program logic model provides a detailed map of your five-year journey.

 

Job Aid:
DASH Workplan Template [pdf 95K]
More Information:
Strategic Planning Kit for School Health Programs
This kit describes the content for a strategic plan and a process for developing one.
 
DASH evaluation expectations
The evaluation expectations provide additional information about where a logic model fits into program evaluation.

 

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