Logic Models: A Great Tool for Grant Professionals

Logic Models SmartEGrants

Grant professionals that are new to the field are often nervous about crafting their first grant application required logic model. At the same time, grant professionals, both new and experienced in the field are often nervous about crafting logic models from a slightly nuanced grant maker required logic model format.

In both situations, it is important for us to remember how great of a tool a logic model is for us as grant professionals in crafting a competitive application. Why you ask? Because logic models provide a framework for grant makers, grant managers, program managers and other key stakeholders to evaluate the proposed effectiveness of a program.

But really, “What is a logic model?” you might ask. It is a graphical depiction program design tool that documents the inputs, activities, outputs, short/medium/long-term outcomes and impacts for a program. A logic model shows the logical relationship between these different elements of program design. A logic model shows how the inputs required (staff, volunteers, supplies, etc.) are necessary in order to undertake the activities (after school program, adult day programming, health care screening, etc) which will produce outputs (number of classes held, number of adults served, number of meals provided, etc) and ultimately what the outcomes (short, mid or long-term) and final impacts of the program really were.

With so many terms floating around, and so many slightly nuanced forms provided and/or required by grant makers, becoming comfortable with the basics of reading and writing an effective logic model are a key milestone in professional development for grant professionals in all fields.

One of our favorite free logic model development resources is from the W.K Kellogg Foundation, the Logic Model Development Guide.  In fact, we’ll be sharing a number of other great *free* resources related to logic models in #grantchat this week and in the summary post. So we hope that you will please join us on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 12 pm ET for ‘Taking the Pain out of Logic Models’ on @Grant_Chat, sponsored by Smartegrants @smartegrants and co-moderated by Jo Miller @JM_grants, Diane H. Leonard @DianeHLeonard and Michelle Loftis @mlloftis.

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Diane H. Leonard, GPC is President/Owner of DH Leonard Consulting & Grant Writing Services which is focused on increasing nonprofit capacity related to grants. An approved trainer for the Grant Professionals Association, Diane loves talking about all things #grants, #1000Islands, #Running, and #Coffee!

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