The Logic Model in Economic Development

A logic model is a visual representation of the connections and relationships between inputs, outputs and outcomes. It can serve as a road map for planning initiatives. It illustrates what activities you will undertake and the intended results using graphics and text.

Logic models are designed to be flexible; if factors come unexpectedly into play, the logic model can be adjusted. Logic models come in different formats but the basic information is the same.

A logic model will help you focus on the causal relationship between inputs, activities, outputs and outcomes. It will also help you to determine whether or not the short-term, medium-term and long-term outcomes of your initiative are being realized.

The Benefits and Uses of a Logic Model

Developing a logic model during the planning stage of an initiative can help you in a number of ways, such as the following:

  • Visualize what is expected of your initiative
  • Determine what is realistic and reasonable for the resources available
  • Set priorities
  • Identify appropriate performance measures
  • Make it easier to communicate your results
  • Provide a clear summary of what your initiative is working towards
  • Determine the links between inputs, outputs and outcomes

An Example of the Logic Model at Work:

Goal: Increase the sale and consumption of local food


If you would like to find out more about the performance measures resources offered to economic development organizations, please follow this link for more information:


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