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Article  July 10, 2019

Linking expectations to evaluations: Using your logic model to create your evaluation plan

SRI Authors Margaret Gillis



Gillis, M., Shaver, D., & Lammert, J. (2019). Linking expectations to evaluations: Using your logic model to create your evaluation plan. Westat, Center to Improve Program and Project Performance.


This brief provides guidance and examples for creating strong alignment between project evaluation plans and logic models. The project logic model graphically displays the project investments, planned activities, and expected results. It guides a project’s design and implementation and can provide the foundation for a strong evaluation plan. Whereas a theory of change or theory of action may depict complex relationships and confounding factors, the logic model generally provides a more linear, simpler depiction of the process of change expected. The evaluation plan is the blueprint for assessing how well the project components have been implemented and analyzing the extent to which project objectives and outcomes have been achieved. An evaluation plan that is aligned to your logic model will help you target evaluation resources and focus your energy.

For more specific information about developing a logic model or evaluation plan, see the CIPP resources listed at the end of this document. This document can be used in conjunction with those resources to ensure your logic model and evaluation plan are aligned, accurately reflect your project, and are of high quality.

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