ERIC Number: ED475305
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Reference Count: N/A
Planning for Success: Mapping Goals, Services, and Outcomes for Program Improvement. Birth to 5 Best Practices.
This report is the second of a series exploring implementation of best practices in programs serving young children and families, and focuses on the uses and benefits of developing and using a logic model in programs serving young children and families. A logic model is described as providing a way to clearly articulate the program's theory of change and as including the stated outcome goals of the program, the services provided to achieve those goals, measures indicating if the program is providing services as planned, measures showing if participants are making process toward outcome goals, and a rationale explaining how identified services will have their intended effect. The following topics are discussed: (1) what a logic model is and how it can be used for effective program management and continuous improvement of service for young children; (2) how to create a new logic model or refine an existing model taking into consideration five key elements of the model: outcome goals, program services, process indicators, outcome indicators, and the rationale connecting program services to outcome goals; and (3) examples of logic models and how they are effectively incorporated into management of a variety of programs and services for young children. The report concludes that making a program's theory of change explicit through a logic model will help families and staff stay focused on long-term outcome goals and will be of greater benefit if it is integrated into the operation and management of the program so that information is regularly collected, reviewed, and acted upon as necessary. (KB)
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Change Strategies, Early Intervention, Models, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Program Implementation, Program Improvement, Theory Practice Relationship, Young Children
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, New Brunswick, NJ.
Authoring Institution: Ounce of Prevention Fund.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois