Respond to at least two colleagues by doing all of the following:
· Offer critiques of their logic model as if you were a member of their work groups.
- Identify strengths of the logic models.
- Identify potential weaknesses in the assumptions or areas that may require additional information or clarification.
· Offer substantial information to assist your colleagues’ efforts such as:
- Information to support their understanding of the problems and needs in this population
- Suggestions related to intervention activities, and potential outcomes
Colleague 1: Aimee
A logic model would help us to understand the needs of the community and identify barriers to services. In looking at the needs of the community I reside in, one specific need that continues to arise is that of transportation. I live in a very rural area where public transportation is almost unheard of. There are no bus lines, taxis, or UBER. Many drivers for UBER or LIFT, will not drive out this far to aid individuals. Clients have difficulty accessing services unless they have a caseworker who is willing to transport, family in the area, or friends they can count on.
A logic model would help to identify the issue and create a plan to overcome the challenges faced with no public transportation. We could identify the need and potential solutions to the problem. Dudley tells us that “logic model provides an organizing framework for understanding evaluations” (Dudley, 2018, p. 169). IN looking at the lack of transportation, we may see a pattern in untreated mental health and substance abuse as having a correlation with a lack of transportation to appointments and no access to providers.
The short-term outcomes of public transportation would be greater access to services, such as; mental health counseling, drug and alcohol counseling, parenting, and individual counseling. The long-term outcomes would be lowered drug abuse, wider spread mental health treatment, extended revenue for the community as resources are being utilized, and the potential for lower mental health hospitalizations. Depending on how the intervention is implemented, will depend on the outcome (Dudley, 2016). The logic model, at the intervention stage, provides a framework to improve the interventions being used, (Dudley, 2016, p. 169). It allows the intervention to be focused on the unmet needs of the client and address potential success in outcomes, (Dudley, 2016).
Dudley, J. R. (2016). Social Work Evaluation, Enhancing What We DO (2 ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
Colleague 2: Samantha
Practice-Level Logic Model Outline
Homeless Veterans IN Clark County, NV
4th largest population of homeless in the United States
Rapid increase in population
Rising cost of living
Veterans Village has opened 3 campus locations that cater to transitional housing
Low cost permanent housing
And Assisted living
Reduction in homeless Veterans in Clark County
Awareness raised in the community
Increased volunteers and donations
A logic model is a diagram of the relationship between the need and the ways to address those needs. It provides a concise, one-page picture of program operations from beginning to end. The four components of logic models are the problem statement – why the service or project is needed, the goal – the overall aim, assumptions – the basis for the ideas, and the rationale – information in the model (Randolph, 2010).
The theory of change typically shows the big picture including issues that can not be controlled. Shows different avenues that can lead to change. Describes the how and why the change can come about. Explains the thought process behind the reasons the change will happen (Randolph, 2010).
Unmet needs are there is still a long waiting list of homeless Veterans looking for services. There is also a proposed campus to be built at Veterans Village for women Veterans, but the cost of land, materials and labor has inflated due to increase in population. Current donations and volunteers would need to double to get the fourth campus built within the allotted amount of time (Stalk, 2018).