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In a compact form, a Logic Model represents key elements in a proposed Program Design (also called a Work Plan or Plan of Action). Depending upon the specific funding opportunity, it may identify:

  1. A program design component
  2. A goal
  3. An objective (usually two or more per goal)
  4. A set of activities and/or strategies
  5. A timeline
  6. A plan for evaluation
  7. An assignment of persons responsible
  8. A budget allocation sum (one or more line items)


Developing a Logic Model:

In articulating a Logic Model in a proposal, several elements are typically necessary:

Component: The component captures the programmatic focus of one or more goals. Example: Leadership Development

Goal: The goal states the broad intention of one or more objectives. Example: To increase school principals’ skills in leading community engagement.

Objective: States the specific focus of effort defined in terms of measurable results. Example: To increase 80% or more of 80 participating principals’ leadership skills through 10 hours of training in how to implement best practices in community engagement during the 2013-14 school year.

Activities: Indicates what the staff will do to accomplish an objective. Examples: 1) Organize and conduct a 1-day (6-hour) Leadership Retreat. 2) Hold two 2-hour follow-up sessions during the project period.

Timeline: Specifies when staff will complete the activities for an objective. Example: Retreat: 08/2013. Follow-up: 12/2013 and 04/2014.

Evaluation: Determines whether, and to what degree, an objective is met. Example: Attendance, pre-post surveys, Principals’ records, and community feedback surveys.

Staff Responsible: Identifies who will do the activities, by position title. Example: Consultants, Professional Development Director, and Internal Evaluator.

Budget: Allocates funding to support accomplishing an objective. Example: Specific amounts allocated to various appropriate cost categories and line items.


This post is one in a series about questions useful in planning competitive grant proposals.


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