Full citation

Fielden, S.J., Rusch, M.L., Masinda, M.T., Sands, J., Frankish, J., & Evoy, B. (2007). Key considerations for logic model development in research partnerships: A Canadian Case Study. Evaluation and Program Planning, 30(2), 115-124.

Format: Peer-reviewed article

Type: Experience

Experience level of reader: Fundamental

Annotation: This article describes the benefits and challenges associated with developing and using logic models to enhance the results of community-based participatory research. A case study on the development of a logic model used to guide a group research on vulnerable populations is presented. Recommendations for conducting community based participatory research and implementing the use of logic models are discussed.

Setting(s) to which the reported activities/findings are relevant: Government, Large business, Small business (less than 500 employees), University

Knowledge user(s) to whom the piece of literature may be relevant: Policy Makers, Researchers

Knowledge user level addressed by the literature: Organization

This article uses the Commercial Devices and Services version of the NtK Model

Primary Findings

Barriers:

  • If leaders in a partnership are not diligent, their programs can serve to emulate or augment the hierarchies they attempt to flatten and the components of the logic model will reinforce pre-determined "decisionless decisions" based on dominant members' agendas.
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    Occurrence of finding within the model: Step 1.1
  • Communities may have considerable distrust of research, possibly due to negative prior experiences with research and/or authority in general.
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    Occurrence of finding within the model: Step 1.1

Model: Agencies that support researchers should revise their notions of academic productivity to acknowledge the time commitment required to design and conduct effective community-based research and more community-based forms of deliverables such as volunteerism, and community publications
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Method: Community based participatory research is meant to foster research that is collaborative, participatory, empowering, systematic, and transformative.
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Occurrence of finding within the model: Step 3.1, Step 1.1

Tips:

  • What is missing from the logic model are some of the less tangible variables, such as the relationships that form between people, and the intra-personal variables that contribute or detract from such a program.
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    Occurrence of finding within the model: Step 1.1
  • Logic models are useful to any person trying to plan, manage, account for, audit, evaluate, or explain the connections between what a program requests in terms of resrouces and what it seeks to accomplish.
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    Occurrence of finding within the model: Stage 1
  • Program and logic model design with partnership research needs 1) participation of community members early in the program design, 2) empowerment as an acknowledged program outcome, 3) rewards for all members and organizations, and 4) a strategic-planning process that explores and acknowledges the priorities, responsibilities, relationships, and power dynamics.
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    Occurrence of finding within the model: Step 1.1