Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Using Visual Logic Models for Evaluating/Presenting Programs

By using logic modeling, philosophy programs can present in an easily acceptable visual format how their program prepares students. I use logic maps all the time when I evaluate arguments, why not use them to explain why your department is best. There have been great leaps forward in psychology of infographics, perhaps we could apply this to philosophy programs?

Definition:A logic model provides the basic framework for an evaluation. It is a graphic that describes a program or organization in evaluation terms. It illustrates a program’s theory of change, showing how day-to-day activities connect to the results or outcomes the program is trying to achieve. Similar to a flowchart, it lays out program activities and outcomes using boxes, and, using arrows to connect the boxes, shows how the activities and outcomes connect with one another.

Here is a PDF about logic modeling. I suggest checking out the logic map from american history:

A logic map - or logic model - is a visual representation of the relationship between the various
components of your program of work. Traditionally, these components include program inputs, actions,
intermediate goals/objectives, and overall program outcomes. The structure of the logic map -- that is,
the illustrated relationships between the components -- highlights the "logic" by which you expect your
project to work. Therefore, the logic map is a schematic representation of your project.
Here's a simplified example of a project logic map:

Here is a simple example directed towards unemployed people who wish to become employed:

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