I participated in an online workshop yesterday about logic models. I signed up for the workshop months ago, and I had no idea how useful the information would be now.
As the Library Curriculum Supervisor, I presented our department goal update to the Board of Education in January. I was so proud of the library lead teachers and their work to get ready for the presentation. The BOE, however, wants more information. Enter logic models.
The basic logic model template has places for inputs, outputs and outcomes. I love that the outputs (or data) section is not the end…the outcomes (or impact) section takes the data and applies it to the goal or situation that is outlined on the template.
Our district uses the SMART Goal format for departments and schools. But I find that those goals are very narrow, and do not reflect the big picture of what our staff is working on. I think that, possibly, the logic model template could help us get a big picture look.
Ok…so let’s look at the library. The librarians have many roles: teacher, collaborator, technology specialist, manager, and collection developer. Our SMART goal looks specifically at librarian as teacher; it is focused on assessment. So far, the logic model that I’m working on has a place for each of those roles, what data we collect, what work we are doing, and what our program goals are. There is a place to include the public library as a partner. There is a place to show how library teaching assistants and building administrators are involved. I can also break up the program goals into short-, medium-, and long-term.
I read a great explaination of why logic models are not action plans. The logic model looks at the presumed effects and/or a hypotheses about those effects (the actual changes). An action plan is a set of objectives and a timeline – or what the people need to do to implement something. It really does start with the end in mind and work backwards…thank you UBD.
We will see what the response from other curriculum supervisors and the BOE is! For now, I’m pretty excited!