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


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