Logic Models, Grants, and You
Logic models are the essentially the sturdy framework that programs are built on. Logic models provide the necessary strategy that evaluators and grantors are looking for when it comes to allocating funds, implementing programs, providing necessary trainings, and so much more. The visual aid that logic models provide can make or break your success in the grant space.
What Are Logic Models?
Many companies, grantors, and evaluators, require logic models as an essential piece for building programs and interventions. There are several main features to incorporate when it comes to building an effective logic model. It’s important to keep these things in mind if you are attempting to create one or are looking for a solid one to follow!
- All logic models must have defined resources. These resources can include curricula, materials for instruction, facilities, and much more.
- Additionally, logic models need clear activities drawn out. Activities are the events and programs that the resources help achieve, such as partner collaboration and training sessions.
- It is also important that every logic model describes its short-term goals. What are different goals your program seeks to achieve along the way? This is also where changes can be made in the middle of the process.
- Lastly, it’s critical to be able to define the long-term goals. For something to be most effective, the long-lasting impact must be measurable. Logic models help with this.
Grants and Logic Models
As stated before, most grantors require logic models. Without logic models, it is very difficult to clearly lay out any sort of plan. Logic models provide a direction that allows a program to have guidance and structure. Additionally, there is a more organized method of analyzing the process and its efficiencies.
In the world of grants, logic models provide the framework to evaluate what needs funding and who gets that funding. A logic model clearly labels a programs impact for the population being served. With this quality, grantors are pushed to write grants and allocate the funding to the places and organizations that need it most.
What Does This Mean for Me? These concepts will follow you along your quest for grants, grant writing, and any conversation you may have with a grantor. Now that you have a basic grasp of logic models, the hope is that you can use this tool to support you along your funding journey.