Logic models


Logic modelling is a tool that can be useful in the development of monitoring and evaluation plans as they help to identify short-, medium- and long-term outcomes that are linked to the key activities of a programme or strategy.

NHS Health Scotland has been working with colleagues to support the development of logic models for tobacco, Keep Well, the national demonstration project and has created tools that Community Planning Partnerships can use in developing Single Outcome Agreements, and the outcome-focused plans and performance information required to underpin them.

Typically, logic models are developed in collaboration with key stakeholders involved in strategy development and delivery.

The key stages in constructing a logic model are:

  • identify the main strategic aims and the intended long-term outcomes (including any targets identified for these).
  • identify the main actions; group these under each of the strategic aims (useful to differentiate between actions related to the achievement of key outcomes and actions related to building capacity and infrastructural support for those involved in delivery)
  • identify what underlying assumptions are being made concerning the delivery of the actions
  • identify the short-term and medium-term outcomes that might be expected to arise from each strategic group of actions; agree timescale by which these are likely to be observed
  • check whether short-, medium- and long-term outcomes are logically linked and plausible, testable and do-able
  • identify the external factors that will influence the outcomes identified and in what ways/directions these are likely to impact
  • develop a framework for outcomes to guide data collection.

Download the Prevention 2010 Logic Models (PDF - 230kb)

or view the Logic Models Presentation (MS PowerPoint - 473kb)

Updated 25 July 2014

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