Developing A Logic Model: A Tutorial

Logic Models are great tools for program development and evaluation that require Social Workers and other organizational leaders and developers to think from a systems perspective about the what and the how: what they want their organizations to accomplish, and how they will go about reaching those goals.

The Practice of Macro Social Work by William G. Brueggermann outlines basic components within a logic model including:

Inputs–Things you would need to help the organization function in service to others. Ex. funding, staffing, equipment, etc

Activities–Methods you use to provide services. What do you do?

Outputs–Measures you use to measure your activities. Ex. #of people served, #of people who have completed your program, # of people taught, etc.

Outcomes–Changes that people serve experience during or after your program or provided service. Ex. skills they’ve learned, behaviors they’ve developed or ceased, values they acquired, etc.

I have recently shared the video tutorial above as an additional resource when talking with Social Work students regarding creating or evaluating programs.

It’s 35 minutes long, but I think it gives a really good introduction to the logic model planning process that can be useful for beginners and seasoned practitioners.


From Aspiring Humanitarian, Relando Thompkins-Jones, MSW, LLMSW



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I'm a Social Justice Educator and Aspiring Humanitarian who is interested in conflict resolution, improving intergroup relations, and building more equitable and inclusive communities. "Notes from an Aspiring Humanitarian" is my blog, where I write about issues of diversity, inclusion, equity, and social justice. By exploring social identities through written word, film & video, and other forms of media, I hope to continue to expand and enrich conversations about social issues that face our society, and to find ways to take social action while encouraging others to do so as well in their own ways.

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