The Friday Funny – Logic Models

A particularly insightful logic model has been doing the rounds recently (recently featured in The NonProfit Quarterly, EVALTALK, Results-Based Accountability, and across much of the twitterverse). (Click on it for a larger version)

While it did make us laugh out loud, we wonder about what type of frustration lies behind its creation.

Is it the irritation of having to redo an existing logic model to fit a new template that has been introduced without any visible advantage?

Is it what Sue Funnell and Patricia have referred to as ‘the IKEA effect’ in logic models – where, just as people develop an irrational affection for a bookcase they have put together, however wonky, so they develop an irrational affection for a logic model they have created – an affection not shared by those who come along after the logic model is finished?

Or is it annoyance at words such as ‘sustainable’ and ‘change modalities’ which are sometimes used to avoid thinking rather than to support and challenge it? Some recent work we’ve been doing on logic models for ‘catalyzing’ projects has reminded us how important it is to focus on just what this might mean and how this might be included in a logic model.

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