My name is Charles Gasper and I am the Director of Evaluation for the Missouri Foundation for Health. One of my major jobs is working with our internal staff and grantees in the development of theory-based logic models.
Hot Tip: Have Digital Camera and Post-it© Notes, will Travel! Getting a large group of people to engage in the development of a logic model can be a struggle. One of the more difficult issues is the inability of people to see what is being built in real time. To facilitate this, I use Post-it Notes©, stickies, or paper and tape with the names of the inputs, activities, outputs, and various levels of outcomes to map out the project with the stakeholders on one or more of the walls of the meeting room. The various items get moved, collapsed, and expanded and the connecting arrows (Post-It© has great arrows and other shapes) until the stakeholders are happy with the model. Then, the digital camera records the model for translation at the office. The “finalized” model can then be represented to the stakeholders for any further modification.