El Sistema Logic Model

The logic model can also accessed as a Google Document here, or as a Print-ready PDF on this page. Comments online are specifically invited.

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What do the categories mean?

Logic models follow their own particular format. The Inputs are essentially resources or assets. Outputs are actions or activities conducted by the Inputs, involving the entities, audiences or demographics listed under Participation. Outcomes are what ensue from the combination of the preceding two columns, as represented over the short, medium and long terms.

How do I read this?

Logic models are read vertically first, then horizontally a distant second. There may not necessarily be direct causal relationships horizontally between a very specific Input, Output and Outcome, which is why the Outcomes are not arrayed in strict table format.

What does this do?

The point of a Logic Model is to make clear the thought progression – the Logic – behind activities undertaken by an organization. It illustrates why the organization is doing what it’s doing, and what it hopes to accomplish. Many granting agencies consider a logic model an essential part of an application for funding.

Do I need to prove the Outcomes?

No: these are the hypotheses under which the program is operating. That said, it can be helpful to demonstrates that your Outcomes have been achieved by other programs of similar mandate with similar Inputs and Outputs.

Is this the only acceptable or official Logic Model for El Sistema-inspired programs?

Absolutely not. Every program will have different Inputs and Outputs based on its local context. Depending on the social focus of the program, the Outcomes can vary significantly too. You are welcome to use this Logic Model for your own program, or modify it provided you acknowledge the original source.

How can I make my own Logic Model?

It’s important to know from the outset exactly what Outcomes you wish to generate, in whatever timeframe they may be. Identify the social issues that you want to address, and be extremely optimistic, thinking of the best-case scenarios if your program were to be a complete success. Once you have your objectives, work backwards. Identify as many interim steps towards those longest term Outcomes, what needs to happen before those goals can be achieved.

The next step is to conduct an inventory exercise with your partners or team members, to identify and list all the assets, be they human, physical or financial, available to your program. Take some time – you might be surprised by how many resources you have available once you start thinking about it. These will be your Inputs.

Once you know what you have in hand and what you want to do, connecting the two in terms of actions or activities should become fairly straightforward. In determining your Outputs, challenge yourself to be as concise as you can, limiting this list to those activities that are most crucial to achieving the Outcomes previously identified. This will ensure your work is focused, and has impact.

Where can I get help with my Logic Model?

Check out the online Google document here as a first step and see the comments or ideas that others have left. Otherwise feel free to contact me using this form and we can discuss your model in more detail.



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