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Evaluating your program is critical for growth. It's also a requirement for many programs that receive federal funding. A logic model can help you integrate evaluation into your work from the start. The logic model is a map or a simple illustration of what you do, why you do it, what you hope to achieve, and how you will measure achievement. It includes the anticipated outcomes of your services, indicators of those outcomes, and measurement tools to evaluate the outcomes.
Want to build a logic model right now? The Child Welfare Information Gateway offers two free logic model builders, specifically for programs that prevent child abuse and neglect and programs that provide family support and postadoption services. You'll need to create a login and have a sense of your program vision, the services you will offer, and the indicators you will use to measure success.
For a more general look at logic models, try our Logic Models and Theory of Change online training. The training helps program managers, youth workers and grant writers connect the dots between what programs set out to do and how they can achieve their desired outcomes.
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