Practice

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Key Action:

Develop a theory of action for your program
Create a logic model to explicitly connect your activities and goals

TOOL: Using Existing Documents to Develop Your Logic Model

Purpose:

Reviewing existing program documents can inform the process of creating your logic model. Doing so also makes clear how a logic model differs from these documents and serves a unique purpose. As you develop your logic model and the theory of action behind it, you may want to revise your existing documents to represent the program more clearly and effectively.

Instructions:

1. Identify key existing documents that may be useful as you develop your logic model. 2. Read the notes on how existing documents may differ from a logic model in purpose and content.

Practice:
Key Action:

Develop a theory of action for your program
Create a logic model to explicitly connect your activities and goals

Using Existing Documents to Develop Your Logic Model
This table can help you identify key existing documents that may help you develop your logic model. The highlighted boxes indicate sections of a logic model that are typically addressed by each type of existing document, but you may find other relevant sections, as well. Be sure to read the notes on how existing documents may differ from a logic model in purpose and content. This Document… District Strategic Plan (or mission and vision statement) MSAP* grant proposal …May Inform These Logic Model Sections… INPUTS OUTPUTS OUTCOMES
Resources Activities Participants Results (short& mid-term) Impact (long-term)

…But Differs from a Logic Model.
A strategic plan: • Identifies problems to be addressed by new initiatives, and resources employed to meet long-term objectives • May lack a theory of action to explicitly outline an intended chain of activities and intermediary results that lead to the desired outcomes A logic model surfaces a theory of action through its focus on the relationships between inputs, outputs, and outcomes. An MSAP grant proposal: • May be 300 pages or longer May address general MSAP objectives and outline a plan for new magnet schools, but also may reference multiple goals and describe several activities without a clear framework to focus the reader on the essential components of the program In contrast, by focusing on the most critical features, a logic model captures the essence of the program in a simple visual that an evaluator or other stakeholder can understand. • An action plan includes specific details — the “who,” “what,” “when,” and “where” — about program implementation. • In a logic model, activities are described as general tasks that address “why” and “how” activities connected to desired outcomes. For example, an action plan might include such specifics as, “hold kickoff meeting with marketing team” or “interview various trainers,” while a logic model might include “develop outreach and recruitment strategies” or “provide training on engineering curriculum,” without further detail.

Action or Work Plan (e.g., Magnet Recruitment Plan or School Site Plan)

* Magnet Schools Assistance Program

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