Logic model development guide: Using logic models to bring together planning, evaluation, and action.

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Nonprofits today are being pressed to demonstrate the effectiveness of their program activities by initiating and completing outcome-oriented evaluation of projects. This guide was developed to provide practical assistance to nonprofits engaged in this process. In the pages of this guide, staff of nonprofits and community members alike are given orientation to the underlying principles of "logic modeling" to use this tool to enhance their program planning, implementation, and dissemination activities. The Guide contains four chapters and two comprehensive appendices. Chapter 1 presents a basic introduction to the logic model as an action-oriented tool for program planning and evaluation. It also offers an array of sample logic models. Chapter 2 consists of exercises and examples focused on the development of a simple program logic model. Exercises include practical examples, checklists for reviewing content quality, and a template for developing a logic model. Chapter 3 gives instructions on how to expand a basic logic model to explore and explain the theory of-change that describes the rationale for a program. A template and checklist are provided. Chapter 4 offers two exercises that afford the reader with an introduction to how the basic logic modeling techniques introduced in the previous chapters can be applied to inform thinking about what should be included in an evaluation plan. Templates and checklists are also provided. The Resources Appendix provides logic model development resources references and Web sites. The Forms Appendix includes blank templates to copy when developing logic models. (Author abstract modified)

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