A logic model often is an important management tool used in nonprofit organizations, where the mission and vision are not aimed at achieving a financial benefit. In such situations, where profit is not the intended result, it may be difficult to monitor progress toward outcomes. A logic model is a systematic, visual way to present a planned program or organization with its underlying assumptions and theoretical framework. It is a picture of how and why you believe a program or organization will work.
A logic model provides such indicators in terms of output and outcome measures of performance. It is, therefore, important to carefully specify the desired results, and consider how to monitor them over time. Often, such as in education and social programs, the outcomes are long-term and mission success is far in the future. In such cases, intermediate and/or short-term outcomes should be identified that provide an indication of progress toward the ultimate long-term outcome.
KDK-Harman Foundation believes that it too needs a logic model—a picture of where we are going and how we are going to get there. A logic model as applied to a philanthropic foundation should be clear about the ultimate goals or vision of their grantmaking and the outcomes they expect. Before creating our logic model, we first developed our Theory of Change.
KDK-Harman’s Organizational Logic Model is available in PDF.
To read more about KDK-Harman's journey in strategic giving and learn how you, too, can utilize this tool, read The National Center for Family Philanthropy's Passages, Logic Models...Not Just For Big Foundations Anymore