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Introduction

This post discusses some of the benefits of using logic models throughout proposal planning and project implementation. It is one in a series about logic models and competitive grant seeking. Its context is the United States of America. Other posts discuss the uses of logic models throughout proposal planning and project implementation, types of logic models, typical elements in logic models, samples of logic models, and other topics.

 

Benefits

The varied uses of logic models promise many benefits to grant seekers and proposal planners, as well as to grant makers. Appropriately constructed, a logic model can guide a project or initiative’s lifespan from cradle to grave. As a trans-temporal tool, it can be used to forecast what will be done, monitor what is being done, and then evaluate what has been done.

 

Among the many benefits of using logic models in seeking grants are to:

  • Generate an inventory of what is at hand and what is still needed to carry out a project or initiative
  • Assist in planning a proposal and in monitoring, adjusting, and evaluating subsequent implementation
  • Relate contemplated or anticipated activities to projected outputs and outcomes
  • Clarify how project activities will contribute or are contributing to accomplishing specific objectives
  • Enhance an applicant’s focus on obtaining results through its planned project activities
  • More efficiently and effectively communicate to target audiences a project’s goals, activities, strategies, and intended outcomes
  • Provide project implementers and participants with a clear roadmap for implementation, monitoring, and evaluation
  • Identify sources and uses of data for tracking progress toward target outcomes
  • Provide a single synoptic snapshot of a project’s scope of work and potential significance
  • Facilitate coordination of resources, selection of strategies, and realistic formulation of desired outcomes
  • Create among all stakeholders a shared understanding of and focus on program goals and strategies
  • Build a strong case for how and why a project or initiative is worthy of a funder’s investment in it
  • Communicate key project features to external audiences such as funding agencies, the general public, and legislators
  • Enhance the role and usefulness of monitoring and evaluation as management and learning tools

 

Planning Tool

One useful place to explore the many uses and benefits of logic models is W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Logic Model Development Guide (2006). As you create your own logic model, always be mindful that other grant makers may define and understand some aspects of logic models quite differently than what you find here. Always defer to the specific funder’s instructions and guidance about using logic models in proposal development and project management.

 

 

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