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April 2007Vol. 8, No. 3Logic Model Builder for Prevention Programs

With the field's increased emphasis on demonstrated outcomes and evidence-based practices, child abuse prevention initiatives have sought new ways to evaluate and improve programs and services. To aid in this type of evaluation, an automated Logic Model Builder was developed as part of a larger Evaluation Toolkit by the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention in collaboration with Child Welfare Information Gateway.

The Logic Model Builder is a free, online tool that helps prevention and family support programs evaluate their outcomes by guiding them through a logical, step-by-step evaluation process. Users are prompted to enter their program information, select their outcomes, identify indicators for those outcomes, choose instruments to help them measure their indicators, and plot their progress—all of which results in an individualized logic model for their program.

The Logic Model Builder includes an extensive database of outcomes and indicators associated with five domains:

  • Child and family health
  • Child development
  • Parenting
  • Family relationships
  • Formal and informal supports

Users are provided with a variety of options and supported at each decision point with clear guidance and instruction. The resulting logic model can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document for the user to edit and share as a planning and evaluation tool.

Since its introduction in spring 2006, more than 1,100 users have set up accounts to develop their own logic models. Based on feedback from users, new outcomes, indicators, and tools are being added that are responsive to the changing needs of the field. Outcomes on teen parenting, community awareness, and parent leadership are expected to be added to the database by late April.

Visit the Logic Model Builder on the Child Welfare Information Gateway website:

The Logic Model Builder is part of the Evaluation Toolkit developed by FRIENDS; see more on the FRIENDS website: