Step-by-step guide to building your logic model
The overall intent of logic modelling has been set out on the Logic model page of this website. The image below identifies the four basic components of a logic model.
There is no 'right way' to develop a logic model, and you can start anywhere in the process. However, as a guideline:
- Sticky notes on a whiteboard are helpful, as they allow you to move things around and write around the model as you build it.
- If you are developing a logic model for an existing project, try starting with the activities and inputs, in the middle of the model.
- If you are building a logic model for something in the design stage, try starting with needs and outcomes at the two ends of the model, and then look at what activities will be most effective and what inputs will be required.
To develop a logic model for an existing project, follow these eight simple steps:
Step 1: Note the project’s activities
Step 2: Note the inputs
Step 3: Note the intended outcomes
Step 4: Reorder into cause and effect chain
Step 5: Note the needs
Step 6: Troubleshoot your model
Step 7: Write down any assumptions
Step 8: Tidy up your model
These steps are explained further in the presentation below.
For a printable version of the presentation, download this document (PDF 434 KB).
The eight steps above are followed in the demonstration video below, which shows a school executive developing a logic model for their Stage 2 robotics program.