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Using Logic Models for Strategic Planning and Evaluation

Application to the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control

Published Mar 30, 2006

by Victoria A. Greenfield, Valerie L. Williams, Elisa Eiseman

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Like all federal programs, the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC) must carry out regular reviews using the Program Assessment Rating Tool (PART). PART provides a basis for evaluating programs’ performance through a series of questions devoted to purpose and design, strategic planning, management, and results and accountability. NCIPC will commence its PART review in spring 2006. This report is the result of RAND’s effort to assist NCIPC in developing its strategic plan, including goals and measures, and in preparation for its PART review. The analysis will also provide assistance to other federal agencies and programs with similar needs. Drawing on previous RAND analyses, this report shows how NCIPC can use logic modeling to meet its immediate needs (i.e., to develop goals and measures for its strategic plan and prepare for the PART review) and to implement sustainable, ongoing strategic planning and evaluation processes. Drawing on the prior analyses, this report emphasizes the use of a “logic model template” that incorporates operations and strategy. It presents three general approaches to conceptualizing strategic goals and a somewhat detailed approach for generating goals and measures from the template and operational path. Taken together, the depiction of operations and strategy constitutes the complete logic model and the foundation for strategic planning.

The research described in this report was conducted under the auspices of the Safety and Justice Program within RAND Infrastructure, Safety, and Environment (ISE), a division of the RAND Corporation, for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control.

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