The Logic Model Guidebook


We wrote The Guidebook because we all benefit from more efficient and effective work.

Logic models and modeling offer a tool and inclusive process to secure better results. They provide the important option of graphic display which allows for review, critique and development before financial investment. Modeling enables construct validity and stakeholder engagement

Logic models use knowledge to improve our thinking, design, planning, evaluation and management.

Unique Features
The Guidebook is a definitive resource on model  types, their creation and quality, and multiple uses. Model quality is a vital contribution of The Guidebook. Quality matters because it directly influences the feasibility of the intended impact.

  • The text describes model elements, action steps to build them and criteria for improvement.
  • Participatory processes to create models are defined. 
  • Human dynamics (politics, persuasion, perception) and their influence are covered.
  • Key factors in effective display and archetypes are shared.
  • More than a dozen new case examples show their application in human services, healthcare, education, conservation and many other content areas.
  • Questions and resources for each chapter make The Guidebook easy to use for book circles, self-study, coursework and training.

Logic models are powerful tools. The World Bank, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, USAID, Packard Foundation, United Way and many other institutions use them extensively as a standard practice.

"Better thinking and planning through logic models can contribute to stronger results. The Guidebook supports rigor and quality. It’s a great tool for the important work of creating sustainable social change."
Joseph M. Stewart
Trustee, W. K. Kellogg Foundation; CEO & Chairman, Stewart Industries
"Regardless of sector, logic models are valuable tools to design systems and improve strategy."
Kori Reed
Vice President Cause & Foundation, ConAgra Foods