How do you show that your solution to the problem you are tackling may well actually be successful? Typically, in funding requests, you’ll need to explain this in some way.
Enter, the logic model.
Essentially, a logic model is a straightforward explanation of how your project will work. Also sometimes called a theory of change, it draws a line from the problem to your solution, with your planned activities and anticipated results in between.
As an exercise, it can be a valuable tool to help you vet your project, get an idea of timing, see where you’ll need resources and provide a framework for you to communicate your impact.
But how to get started?
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Define your purpose.
In a sentence or two, describe your purpose and what it is that you are seeking to change. This section can take the shape of your mission statement if you have one, or it can simply be an overview of the problem you aim to solve.
Give some context.
Why does the problem exist in the first place? You could provide background information about the problem or describe any factors that make it a particularly challenging one to address.
List the resources you have to work with.
Resources can be anything that you’ll use and leverage to solve the problem. Some resources you might include could be people, partners, strategies, materials, technology or funding.
Lay out what you’ll do.
Now, what will you do with those resources? Describe the activities you’ll implement in order to solve the problem. You can take the journalist route with this and start with “who,” “what,” “where,” “when” and “how.”
Also called outputs or metrics, you’ll want a clear idea of what you’ll track throughout the course of the activities. While this varies by project, metrics are often categorized between ones that are quantitative, such as numbers and percentages, and qualitative metrics, which go deeper into the human stories behind the data.
Envision your impact.
Finally, articulate your end game for the project, what results you anticipate and what change you hope to achieve. Depending on your level of detail, you may want to split this up between short-term results that you expect to see in the immediate future and the long-term impact that you hope to see in the big picture.