Monday, July 10, 2006

Logic Model Training

We've just created an interactive training module on logic models. It distills everything you need to know to create a logic model into one 15 minute audio-visual program. You can find it here. Please take a look at it and let us know what you think.


PSA red. said...

Brilliant! I love it. I picked the reference up from the AEA list. Although I hear what other people are saying about "keeping it simple" and "not to go the flash route" this example is excellent. I am curious to find out how you went about this - Do you have a fulltime techie doing this, or did you have to teach yourself how to program flash?
Also like the rest of your website.


Benita van Wyk
Pretoria, South Africa

Eric Graig said...

Thanks for your comment. To be honest, I had help creating the presentation in the form of a program that converts PowerPoint to Flash. The tool I used is called PointeCast but there are others, notably Macromedia Breeze and Articulate Presenter. Scripting the presentation took a lot of time, that is getting the audio to work with the visual (I mean as prose, not technically). Also, it took a number of 'takes' to get my voice to sound descent.

I'll be working on creating more modules over the next few months, so stay tuned for more.

Anonymous said...

I am a monitoring and evaluation specialist working in the Europe and Middle East region with an organization that heavily relies on virtual connection. And actually, your training model is really interesting...
I am interested to know how did you create the overall content? Are you using any donor print materials?
Just curious


Eric Graig said...

I'm not sure what you mean by donor print materials. To create the presentation though, I used a tool called PointCast which converts PowerPoint to Flash. I just started another project where we're doing a much longer training module about the mental health issues faced by people who were recently relesaed from prison. I'll probably employ a higher end product called Articulate Presenter for this. It still basically converts PP to Flash but it offers more bells and whistles.

Anonymous said...

This is an outstanding training tool for anyone learning about or currently using Logic Models in their program design. The information is concise and to the point without editing out important aspects of the process. The flow of information follows the logic model very well and addresses each aspect of the process. In the end, while construction a logic model is not an easy thing to do, your presentation provided the basic information and techniques to accomplish that activity.
I especially liked the use of a summer vacation as your first example of a logic model. This was helped remove some of the stigma the process seems to carry. In addition it showed that we use informal logic models all of the time and that the development of logic model for one of our programs, or as part of an evaluation process is really just a simple step from everyday activity.
It is also obvious that your training has hit a nerve and touched upon a need in the nonprofit community. The comments are very positive and seem to be looking for additional information as will as ways to acquire the techniques you developed. Congratulations on a very good and well received training program. I do not know what your short term, medium or long term outputs are, but I hope you achieve them.

Eric Graig said...

Thanks for your kind words. We are working on a new presentation called Minimalist Evaluation which should be out soon.