Resources to support learning about logic models, theory of change, and outcomes-based assessment:

  • The Harvard Family Research Project Evaluation Exchange published an issue on out-of-school time. There are a few articles that can prove useful in learning about logic models and OBA.
  • The Harvard Family Research Project also has a template to check-out that helps when thinking about the pieces for putting together a logic model.
  • IMLS requires OBA as a part of funding applications. In order to support applicants they put together a set of resources that explain what outcomes based evaluation is and hot it works. (Click on the links on the left to see all of the materials available.
  • Outcomes Based Futures is an article I wrote about focusing on outcomes when developing programs and services for libraries and not on the stuff of the program or service.
  • Theory of Change: A Practical Tool for Action Results and Learning is a resource you can use to learn about outcomes statements and developing a theory of change. The sample outcomes and statements are particularly useful.
  • Understanding by Design is an excellent book that provides a framework for building courses (or in libraries programs or services) by thinking first about the end-goal/the impact. Chapter 1 is available as a pdf and a great way to start thinking about this concept.
  • The Youth Development Executives of King County (WA) created a logic model template that is easy to use and can help when thinking through the pieces of OBA.
  • The handouts and the slides from the session are also available.