Logic Models

  • A logic model is a graphic depiction (road map) that presents the shared relationships among the resources, activities, outputs, outcomes, and impact for your program. It depicts the relationship between your program’s activities and its intended effects.
  • A logic model is instrumental in explicitly stating assumptions.
  • Logic Models may also be known as:
    • Roadmap
    • Theory of Change
    • Program Action
    • Model of Change
    • Conceptual Maps
    • Outcome Maps
  • A logic model helps answer the questions:
    • Where are you going?
    • How will you get there?
    • What will show that you’ve arrived?

Simplified Logic Model

Activities Target Groups Long-Term Outcomes (i.e. Need)
What activities do/will we do to move target audiences to take action Which target audiences need to take action?
What kind of action do I need these target audiences to take?
What is the “big public health problem” I’m addressing?

FOA Logic Model – The Logic Model “Frames” Other FOA Sections

The logic model or equivalent is included to ensure there is:

  • Clarity about the main strategies/activities and intended outcomes of the program being funded
  • Identify, early in the FOA, the “storyline” that is expect to be consistently repeated in the narrative sections of the FOA.
Strategy/Activities Short-Term Outcomes Intermediate Outcomes Long-Term Outcomes
What the awardee will do What will result from awardee activities in the short term What will result from awardee activities in the mid term Ultimate results to which project results will contribute
  • Number of columns less important than distinction—activities (“what”) and outcomes (“so what”)
  • Linking FOA Activities and Outcomes to larger program goal(s)
    • There should be a clear line of sight between logic model and problem statement, approach (outcomes, strategies), and performance and evaluation strategy.
  • Clarity on outcomes to be achieved in the project period

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Page last reviewed: February 21, 2018