November 2007 | Technical Assistance Tool

Each of the Regional Quality Improvement (RQI) sites worked with the RQI Evaluation Team at Pennsylvania State University to develop a “logic model” that details the components of their project interventions. As described in a report published by the Kellogg Foundation (PDF), a logic model is a systematic and visual way to describe relationships among the resources necessary to implement an intervention, a detailed summary of planned activities, and anticipated results. Logic models map the progression from a starting point with various inputs, to activities and processes that generate short-term effects, to longer-term effects and outcomes for individuals and society. Logic models help document the flow of intervention activities, while highlighting potential gaps in the underlying logic of the intervention.

Organizations participating in the Regional Quality Improvement initiative benefited from developing logic models for their interventions. This process assisted the sites in standardizing key components of their planned activities. The logic models are available for download to help other organizations in designing effective models to establish a platform for improving health care quality throughout a region.