Friday, April 24, 2009

Applying the Logic Model to Medical Education

The Logic Model concept dates back to the 1970’s and is probably best attributed to Joseph S. Wholey (1979). Today, the Logic Model is used by funders, government agencies, and organizations as a pathway diagramming program development; from design, to implementation and ultimately outcome. Logic Models thus, provide a framework for conceptualizing and communicating new programs and their implementation.

There are many ways to create a Logic Model and how you design it depends on what it is for. A simple model starts with inputs and ends with outputs.



The more complex models can look like this: http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/evallogicmodel.html

And these may include the situational context, investments, activities, participation, and short, medium and long-term outcomes. Within that context, assumptions and external factors are taken into account. Evaluation occurs at each stage of implementation to provide timely feedback to the developers.

I have used the Logic models to conduct program evaluation for grants, to conceptualize the evaluation processes for our new curriculum and as a way to conceptualize my office’s goals, processes, and outcomes. It can even be used for life goals… It can be used for the development of any project where you want a concrete, logical guide for what comes first, then next…how each step informs the other…and what one actually does accomplish.

I have presented this as part of a faculty development seminar and believe it is incredibly useful in many areas related to medical education. I am hoping to present the Logic Model and its uses at the next WGEA, and would be open to co-ing with someone if anyone is interested.

Babbi J. Winegarden, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Educational Development and Evaluation
UCSD School of Medicine
http://meded.ucsd.edu/ugme/oede

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