Logic models allow program professionals to clearly articulate what needs to be accomplished in their program. Evaluation is essential for successful programming to document what happens in the program, demonstrate which strategies work best, and assess the short-term and long-term outcomes of the program. Understanding how a program achieves results is critical to determine if program elements should be modified and to provide stakeholders with evidence that the program is effective. Of primary importance in developing logic models is establishing and maintaining a focus on results rather than on activities. Logic models help program professionals, evaluators, and stakeholders reach consensus about which elements are essential to the program, and consequently, program professionals and researchers are more able to identify faulty or implausible links early on. The articulation of program results and the ensuing evaluation that occurs based on those results allows projects to clearly demonstrate program results, an important factor in sustaining project efforts.
This Webinar focused on the development of logic models, the elements of a logic model, and training on how to align all elements of a logic model in order to clearly articulate program results. Funded projects can use this session to refine their logic models, and States that are planning to submit an SCP project proposal in 2010 can especially benefit from this archived Webinar in developing their own logic model.