For a detailed explanation of logic models have a look at Better Evaluation
Teacher Journal Clubs - A logic model
Adapting the work of (Harris et al, 2011) it's possible to be come up with a detailed logic model for for how a teacher journal club might work.
- Logic models integrate planning, implementation, and evaluation. In other words, developing a logic model will give you a greater understanding of what needs to be done to make the innovation work, and at the same time gives you a framework for evaluation
- Logic models help you make good matches between activities and effects. By developing a logic model for a journal club it can held you spot those intended activities with no supporting activities and resources, and then make the suitable adjustments.
- Logic models can help in the collaborative planning process. The development a logic model is an iterative process and by working together this can help build a shared understanding of what needs to be done to make an intervention work. It is also helpful when you are looking to disseminate an intervention within or between schools.
- Logic model can help keep a focus on accountability and outcomes. In schools where resources are increasingly scare a logic model can keep a focus on the outcomes of an intervention and whether the planned for outcomes are actually happening. Hopefully, this will allow further r resources to be allocated when the journal club proves a success.
- A logic model needs to be 'logical'. If it is not, this will no doubt cause problems for colleagues seeking to implement the innovation
- A logic model cannot capture all the variables and elements at work when trying to make an intervention work - so the logic model may move from being 'simple' to being 'simplistic'
- A logic model can be both difficult and time consuming to create. So there needs to be a clear trade-off between the time and effort put into creating the logic model and the subsequent benefits