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The Logic Model Guidebook

The Logic Model Guidebook
Better Strategies for Great Results

Second Edition

Examines the structures, processes, and language of logic models as an emerging tool that improves the design, development, and implementation of change efforts within programs and greater organizational initiatives.

August 2012 | 192 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
The Logic Model Guidebook offers clear, step-by-step support for creating logic models and the modeling process in a range of contexts. Lisa Wyatt Knowlton and Cynthia C. Phillips describe the structures, processes, and language of logic models as a robust tool to improve the design, development, and implementation of program and organization change efforts. The text is enhanced by numerous visual learning guides (sample models, checklists, exercises, worksheets) and many new case examples. The authors provide students, practitioners, and beginning researchers with practical support to develop and improve models that reflect knowledge, practice, and beliefs. The Guidebook offers a range of new applied examples. The text includes logic models for evaluation, discusses archetypes, and explores display and meaning. In an important contribution to programs and organizations, it emphasizes quality by raising issues like plausibility, feasibility, and strategic choices in model creation.

About the Authors
1. Introducing Logic Models
2. Building and Improving Theory of Change Logic Models
3. Creating Program Logic Models
4. Modeling: Improving Program Logic Models
5. Logic Models for Evaluation
6. Display and Meaning
7. Exploring Archetypes
8. Action Profiles
Name Index
Subject Index

“The Guidebook fills a niche in the skills and knowledge needed by nonprofit managers to be successful in their work. It leads the field in providing both the theory and practice of using logic models as a critical management tool.”

Kathryn Agard, Ph.D.
(former) Executive Director, Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy & Nonprofit Leadership, Grand Valley State University

“The material in this book has enduring value. It is a ‘keeper’ for students and me.”

Simon Fass, Ph.D.
University of Texas, Dallas

“This book should be in the library of every individual involved in program development and evaluation. It is a powerful tool for practitioners and students.”

Sylvie Taylor, Ph.D.
Antioch University Los Angeles

“Regardless of sector, logic models are valuable tools to design systems and improve strategy.”

Kori Reed
Vice President Cause & Foundation, ConAgra Foods

This text offers a good insight to final year students and postgrads that are keen to design, deliver and evaluate interventions in a range of disciplines. While not all will be required to develop logic models, many will benefit from an understanding of the potential of logic models.

Mr Ben Jane
Faculty of Sport, Media and Management, University of St Mark & St John
December 10, 2015

I did not adopt the book for this semester but am still thinking about adopting it in the fall.

Dr Jacquelyn Owens
Nursing Dept, West Chester Univ Of Penn
February 27, 2015

This textbook provides a higher level of explanation of logic models than those found in other textbooks

Professor Mary Siegrist
School Of Health Sciences, Ohio University
December 5, 2013

Nice book. May decide to make it "recommended".

Dr Curtis Kerry
Business Administration Dept, Golden Gate University
December 4, 2013

A thorough overview of various logic models and their application, helpful for practitioners who wish to constract a logical framework for the own social action project or for application of a logic model for action's evaluation.

Mrs Beata Kviatek - Simanska
School of Communication & Media, Hanze University
April 10, 2013

Support class learning. - Great tool for learning the process of the Logic Model. I will adopt in future classes.

Alisha Bradley
Florida State University

Ms Alisha Bradley-Nelson
School Of Social Work, Florida State University
March 12, 2013
Key features


· Includes more than a dozen new field profiles of model use as well as 16 new model examples for greater understanding of applications discussed in the book

· An entirely new Chapter 8 presents profiles of model use from international development work, sustainability, public health, corporate giving, and civic engagement and more, illustrating real world applications.

· Chapters 6, 7, and 8 include new models and expanded topic coverage to better support readers in constructing models for strategy development and evaluation planning.


· Compares "theory of change" models with program logic models.

· Walks the reader through the five common parts of a program logic model.

· Supports learning through step-by-step process articulation, checklists, exercises, sample models, and worksheets.

· Suggests ways to improve draft logic models by providing the steps for an iterative model review and development process.

· Presents case studies to describe and display variations in logic model use, a glossary, additional readings, web resources, and numerous templates for practical use.

Sample Materials & Chapters


ch 1

ch 8

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