This guide is relevant for the Scale and Seed tracks of the Request for Application (RFA).
We believe effective programs have established logic models that articulate the inputs, activities, outputs, outcomes, and overall impact for their program. The Opportunity Now application is built upon this belief, and asks questions that align with different aspects of a logic model. Note: Application questions themselves lead to gathering information that narrates the logic model components; however, applicants are not required to upload a logic model as part of the application.
This guide is intended to support new programs and partnership models in developing a logic model. It also provides resources for existing programs and partnerships to articulate and build upon their logic model in their Opportunity Now RFA application.
What is a Logic Model?
A logic model is a tool that describes how a program links inputs (i.e., resources) and activities (i.e., programming) to outcomes (e.g. workers hired, wage gains). Logic models are an effective way to present a picture of how the program works and the assumptions that underlie the program’s design.
W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Logic Model Development Guide is a helpful resource for organizations to understand the purpose of logic models and to learn how to start building their first logic model. It walks organizations through the thought process required to turn theories of change into actions and connected outcomes.
Need a template? Opportunity Now’s Logic Model Template will allow you to visualize your program’s inputs, activities, and outcomes and describe your underlying assumptions.
- Logic Model – Eval Academy
- Changing Workforce Systems – The Urban Institute
- Putting the System Back into Systems Change: A Framework for Understanding and Changing Organizational and Community Systems – American Journal of Community Psychology