A Logic Model: Successfully Working with a Grant Professional

Growing up in the ‘70s, Star Trek was my “go-to” television show. I had a huge childhood crush on Captain Kirk, but I admired Spock’s one-line logic zingers. “Logic is the beginning of wisdom … not the end”; it appears as if Spock was speaking of logic models.

These two words “logic models” strike fear in the heart of many. However, they can be a valuable tool for planning a grant project or any type of process.

As a grant consultant, I work with all sorts of clients across the country. Whether I consult to a small non-profit or a large university, I use logic models to plan, implement and evaluate the grant project. Some grant projects are far more challenging than others; sometimes, the challenge is the project, and occasionally, it is the grant seekers. How can we make this collaborative process better? Honing my inner “Spock,” I thought it would be fun and logical to create a logic model showing the responsibilities of both the organization and the grant professional. This is a simplified logic model format without all the bells and whistles, but it paints a picture of how a successful grant partnership can work. As suggested by other highly respected grant professionals, I began by articulating the outcomes, and then worked backwards.

As Spock said, “Insufficient facts always invite danger, Captain.” Use this logic model and your grant project will never be in danger of “not being funded:”