Last year I suggested a Christmas present from the world to el Sistema. This year I’m pleased to offer a modest gift of my own: a logic model in PDF format for el Sistema programs worldwide.
If you’re not familiar with logic models, at first glance they can appear ironically illogical, particularly the combination of “outputs” and “outcomes.” Logic models always follow a very specific pre-determined format. Simply put, “outputs” are actions generated by the “inputs,” with “outcomes” the results that ensue. Good logic models (I forbear to suggest mine qualifies as such) make clear the thought and intention – the logic – behind an activity, and are requested more and more often by granting agencies as part of an application. A useful resource on these may be found here.
I’ve introduced a minor refinement of the format in this example. Normally a logic model reads left-to-right only, but in this version there’s a vertical element as well, with higher placement indicating a respectively higher degree of prioritization. This isn’t standard practice.
I sincerely hope this document helps you all.
1. This is a generalized logic model that may or may not be applicable to a program; in particular, both Inputs and Outputs can differ significantly based on how a program is structured or operated. The model is provided on an “as is” basis and I make no representation as to its accuracy, completeness, or appropriateness for submission to any individual, agency or organization. If you would like a model customized to a specific program, please feel free to amend this version, subject to the license or contact me for assistance.
2. This model is by no means comprehensive or finalized – I welcome comments, or suggested substitutions or subtractions using the form below. Please note I didn’t say “additions” – as Antoine de Sainte-Exupery said, “A designer knows he has achieved perfection, not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Team diagrams can become Frankenstein-like very quickly, both visually and intelligibly. With your help we can make this simpler. And if you don’t like the model, remember, you get what you paid for.
3. Please review the Creative Commons License associated with the file. In short, you are not allowed to sell this, even if you modify it, and the original author (me) must always be credited appropriately.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all.