Logic Models

A logic model is a best-practice planning tool.  It is, in many ways, like a project blueprint. In one glance, a reader can see what you want to build.   You wouldn't start building a house without a blueprint, would you?  Just as you don't start building a house without a blueprint, don't start "building" your project or proposal without completing a logic model first. 

You can also think of a logic model as somewhat similar to a recipe.  A logic model, like a recipe, describes the "ingredients" (resources) and activities that you plan to use.

A  finished logic model can serve multiple purposes:  1) as a way to communicate the essence of your project idea within and outside of your project team, more quickly and effectively than you can with paragraphs of text; 2) as a "reality check" to see if you've thoroughly planned all aspects of a project; 3) as a guide to write your proposal and implement your project; 4) as a way to keep focused on what's important; 5) as an essential part of planning and implementing a strong evaluation plan. 

Some grant makers require that applicants include a logic model in their proposals.  Others don't require a logic model but expect to see the same information in narrative form.  Either way, having a logic model will help you communicate your idea to the potential grant maker with clarity

See our Sharepoint site for two examples of logic model templates.