The Logic Behind the Logic Model

ESSENTIALS FOR A ROCK-SOLID PROJECT PLAN - AND AN A+ PROPOSAL | taught by Maryn Boess

Course description


This is an anytime, anywhere online video training! As soon as you enroll, you will have instant access to the recorded training and can watch from any Internet connection, on your own schedule, as often as you like.


The Logic Behind the Logic Model:

Essentials for a Rock-Solid Project Plan ... and an A+ Proposal!


Inputs . . . Outputs . . . Outcomes . . . Goals . . .


Logic Models: Everywhere you turn, grantseekers are talking about them.

And more and more funders -- private and public alike -- are requiring them as part of your grant application package.

But what is a "Logic Model," anyway?

How does it work?

What are the key elements, how do they fit together, and -- most important -- how can knowing how to construct a solid, makes-sense Logic Model support not only more successful grantseeking, but the success of your program itself?

This fast-paced interactive session will strip back the myths and mysteries surrounding the Logic Model Process and give you the tools and concepts you need to put the Logic Model to work for you.

You'll discover:

  • A new, powerful way of looking at the underlying framework of your program or project plan

  • A no-jargon, easy-to-remember, real-life "roadmap" to the key elements of a Logic Model … and how they fit together

  • How grantmakers use a “Logic Model” mindset to review your grant proposal

  • The Logic Model as a key tool for more successful, high-quality program management

  • The Logic Model in action: Samples from a variety of community organizations

  • EXCLUSIVE: An introduction to GrantsMagic U’s own unique “Change Mapping” process – a simple and very powerful way to develop a high-level understanding of your organization’s unique contribution to the world – and what it will take to make it happen

Curriculum:

VIDEO 1 (runtime: 35 min.)

  • Warm-Up: A 3-D Thinking Exercise
  • A. The Change Map and the Change Gap: From Desolation Island ... to Emerald City!
  • Your Secret Code-Breaker Cheat Sheet
  • How to Create a Vision Bridge for Your Reviewer
  • The Big-Picture Concept: The Change Map, Revealed
  • The Universal Ideal: What We Say We Want
  • The Current Situation: What We See We Have
  • Change in the Direction of the Universal Ideal
  • Strategies and Interventions: Don't Sacrifice the Forest for the Trees
  • The Action Gap ... and the Logic Model

VIDEO 2 (runtime: 37 min.)

  • Part B. What's Logic Got to Do With It?
  • Very Possibly the World's Only Logic Model Cartoon ...
  • The Logic Model: Linking Action to Impact/Outcomes
  • The Basic Logic Model Look and Definition of Terms
  • What "Guzzinta": Resources and Activities
  • What "Comesouta": Outputs, Outcomes, goals
  • A Typical Horizontal Logic Model - A Closer Look
  • EXERCISE: Let's Get Logical! - Planning a Family Vacation
  • FAQs From Our Exercise

VIDEO 3 (runtime: 17 min.)

  • Looking at Real-Life Examples
  • Basic Black and White
  • Scope-of-Work Logic Model
  • Major Collaboration Logic Model
  • Starting Out Messy ... Using Sticky-Notes to Map It Out
  • The Bottom-Up Logic Model: Our First Look

VIDEO 4 (runtime: 25 min.)

  • Part C. Putting the Hard-Working Logic Model to Work ... for You, Your Team, and Your Community
  • The Logic Model and Navigating Change
  • Using Logic Models in Our Organizations: Mapping - Navigating - Diagnosing
  • Back to the Bottom-Up Logic Model: What's Wrong with This Picture?
  • The Feedback Loop: The Logic Model and Evaluation
  • What Exactly Are We Going to Evaluate?
  • Using Logic Models in Our Collaborative Work
  • Putting It Into Action: Your Quick-Win and High-Leverage Action Steps

Reviews (2)

Wonderful insight into the (often confusing) logic model!

by Alyson Sheppard
This course is a great explanation of one of the more confusing things in grant writing (and program development) - the logic model. Not only does Maryn break it down so you can actually understand the logic behind the logic model, but she goes on to show you how it can be used outside the grant writing process. I see this helping me and my program directors plan projects and keep clear communication throughout the project. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants a better understanding of logic models, how to map one out, and how to use one (beyond just making/sending it in in because the funder asked for it). Maryn, thank you so much for this insightful course!

Winner Winner!!

by Cynthia Lerick
Once again Maryn has made me think differently. I didn't know a lot regarding the topic "logic models". In my head, I knew soon I would be asked to provide a logic model for a grant and then I would be in panic mode. After the GrantsMagic course "The Logic Behind The Logic Model", I feel I will be comfortable in creating logic models with success. The downloads and worksheets are helpful, but not overwhelming. The scenario to start us thinking this way was something everyone can relate to. Another amazing course presenting in an easy to follow method. Thank you!

Wonderful insight into the (often confusing) logic model!

by Alyson Sheppard
This course is a great explanation of one of the more confusing things in grant writing (and program development) - the logic model. Not only does Maryn break it down so you can actually understand the logic behind the logic model, but she goes on to show you how it can be used outside the grant writing process. I see this helping me and my program directors plan projects and keep clear communication throughout the project. I highly recommend this course for anyone who wants a better understanding of logic models, how to map one out, and how to use one (beyond just making/sending it in in because the funder asked for it). Maryn, thank you so much for this insightful course!

Winner Winner!!

by Cynthia Lerick
Once again Maryn has made me think differently. I didn't know a lot regarding the topic "logic models". In my head, I knew soon I would be asked to provide a logic model for a grant and then I would be in panic mode. After the GrantsMagic course "The Logic Behind The Logic Model", I feel I will be comfortable in creating logic models with success. The downloads and worksheets are helpful, but not overwhelming. The scenario to start us thinking this way was something everyone can relate to. Another amazing course presenting in an easy to follow method. Thank you!
Maryn Boess
Maryn Boess
Your Ultimate Grants Guide

Maryn Boess is a veteran nonprofit professional, social entrepreneur, and leader in capacity-building and grantsmanship training.

Over her 20+-year career in the nonprofit world, Maryn has been an on-staff program developer and grantwriter; an independent grants consultant; a grants project manager; a grants trainer; a grants reviewer, author, speaker, mentor and coach; and - yes - for the past 9 years, even a grantmaker.

Maryn’s grant proposals won more than $42 million for her clients in a single ten-year period. Since 2000 she has created a portfolio of high-quality, low-cost grants information tools, resources, and workshops shared by thousands of nonprofits nationwide. For the past nine years Maryn has also been “in the grantmaker’s chair," managing up to $2 million annually in grantmaking for K-12 education in the Southwest.

A resident of the Pacific Northwest, Maryn travels nationally to offer her workshops on practical strategies for healthy, successful grantseeking. GrantsMagic U, launched in fall 2015, is the "virtual academy" she created to make her extensive portfolio of practical and inspiring trainings on successful grantsmanship available (and affordable!) for anyone, anytime, anywhere.

Every hour of GrantsMagic U training qualifies as 1 credit toward CFRE and GPC continuing-education and certification requirements.