Using logic models in your funding submissions

A great way to use logic models is in your funding submissions. They help you tell your ‘story’, establish your credibility and communicate what outcomes you hope to achieve with a grant.

Here are some questions that you should ask yourself before including your logic model in a grant application or tender.

  1. Is the overall goal realistic and important to you and your clients/customers?
  2. Are the connections between the inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes logical?
  3. Do the inputs clearly describe what is needed to implement the activities?
  4. Can the outputs be measured if required?
  5. Are all the activities included?
  6. Does the assumed theory of change (outcomes) make sense?
  7. When do the outcomes expect to be achieved?
  8. Is the logic model easy to understand?
  9. Does the logic model look easy to read?
  10. Does the logic model take into consideration the funding guidelines? (if required)

Developing a logic model can really enhance your application. But be warned, a rushed, confused or poorly considered logic model might actually harm your application, not help it!

Other Names for Logic Models

Many people are confused about the different names often used to explain a logic model or theory of change.

That is not surprising and it is very important to have consistency within your organisation.

Names include:

  • logic model
  • road map, conceptual map, or pathways map
  • mental model
  • blueprint for change
  • framework for action or program framework
  • program theory or program hypothesis
  • theoretical underpinning or rationale
  • causal chain or chain of causation
  • theory of change or model of change

The processes used to develop these models can have a different approach, but they all rest on a foundation of logic – specifically, the logic of how change happens.

Whatever you call your model or framework, it is important to keep the process simple and clear to enable you to communicate why change occurs.

For information about logframes click here

Would You Like To Have Your Own Logic Model Done For You?

I hope that our Queensland friends didn’t suffer too badly in the recent ‘ex-cyclone Oswald’. We lost power for 2 days and phone/internet for a week. But we are getting back on track now. You may have seen our fun post on our Facebook Page as to how we created a simple Logic Model of our experience.

You can also keep up to date with news and tips on using Logic Models by liking our Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/TheLogicModelCenter

You might like to read a brief outline on Using Logic Models to Evaluate Your Program that I recently published on Ezine Articles.

But back to my opening question. Would you like to have your own Logic Model done for you?

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Background to Logic Models

“A logic model is a method of describing and visualizing a strategy. Their use was largely concentrated in the international aid arena until 1996, when United Way of America published a manual on program outcome measurement and encouraged its hundreds of local agencies and thousands of grantees to adopt logic models as a matter of course. Since then, large private funders such as the Kellogg and Hewlett Foundations have integrated logic models into their program design and execution, and the concept is commonly taught in graduate programs in public policy, urban planning, and beyond.”

Ian David Moss (Research Director for Fractured Atlas)

Using logic models in your funding submission

A great way to use logic models is in your funding submissions. They help you tell your ‘story’, establish your credibility and communicate what outcomes you hope to achieve with a grant.

Here are some questions that you should ask yourself before including your logic model in a grant application or tender.

1. Is the overall goal realistic and important?
2. Are the connections between the inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes logical?
3. Do the inputs clearly describe what is needed to implement the activities?
4. Can the outputs be measured if required?
5. Are all the activities included?
6. Does the assumed theory of change (outcomes) make sense?
7. When do the outcomes expect to be achieved?
8. Is the logic model easy to understand?
9. Does the logic model look easy to read?
10. Does the logic model take into consideration the funding guidelines? (if required)

Developing a logic model can really enhance your application. But be warned, a rushed, confused or poorly considered logic model might actually harm your application, not help it!