Learning Objectives: Explain the utility of logic model development in program planning. Describe an effective group process technique for producing a logic model. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of an existing logic model for the identification and elimination of tobacco related disparities.
Abstract: Logic model development is a valuable tool for informing program planning and evaluation. While logic models effectively describe the linkages among program resources, activities, outputs, certain external factors, and short, intermediate and longer-term outcomes, equally important to the final product is the process used to achieve it. Given the complex nature of the issues involved in eliminating disparities, this type of approach can be extremely beneficial. The process of creating a logic model contributes to: 1) designing and improving programs, 2) building a common understanding of the program and expectation for resources, 3) sharing ideas and identifying assumptions, 4) facilitating team building and communication, and 5) communicating the role of the program within an organization.
This session will use the example of a logic model developed by the Office on Smoking and Health for the identification and elimination of tobacco related disparities to guide the audience through the development of a logic model, the critical components that comprise a logic model, and a small group process technique for developing a logic model can be used in program planning.
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