In the latest instalment of the findings from our review of 200 Heritage Grants evaluation reports, I want to talk about logic models. One of the key areas of the outcomes review was looking at how grantees told their project story, setting out the linkages between activities, expected outputs and outcomes for all elements of the project. Whilst it was an area that scored higher than other criteria, there was still a wide variance in how projects articulated this.
A good way to plan your evaluation at the outset is to use a logic model. A logic model provides a logical framework allowing you to think about:
- what inputs (resources) your project needs
- what activities are required to create your project outputs, and
- what outcomes and impacts you hope will be achieved by your project
- and, understand what assumptions and external factors may influence the success of your project
Logic models work well with the HLF outcomes framework as you will be able to plot the outcomes that you intend your project to achieve and develop the project inputs, activities and outputs accordingly.
Invariably, it will allow you to think about what baselines are required and which methodologies and methods are the most appropriate for measuring and evaluating your project at its relevant stages (Find more details in our recently-updated Evaluation Guidance).
Furthermore, mapping your project onto a logic model will give you indications at each stage of such things as cost, time, activities required, reporting requirements etc, so you can plan accordingly from the start.
In the HG evaluation and outcomes review, we published an example of how HLF outcomes map onto a basic evaluation logic model, which I've uploaded here, alongwith a more detailed model from our own (updated) evaluation guidance (you'll need to be logged-in to view/download the images).
As ever, if you have any questions, please post them below.
Thank you for the information on using logic models for evaluation Amy, this has been a great help! We are currently in the middle stage of our project, and using logic models to base our mid-project evaluation will help us in our future reporting of the project!
Just getting to grips with htis at the start of our Devleopment phase - it looks a very useful tool. Thanks