Logic Models and Outcome Measurement

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Ever tried running a marathon? Whether you just want to get across the finish line or put in your best time ever, you need to plan for it. That plan might include getting the right running shoes, scheduling your practice runs, eating the right foods, and stepping up your speed as the race draws near. In essence, you've laid out a logic model for a successful outcome. In the same way, your public health efforts will be even better if you plan ahead, assess your progress, make needed changes, and reflect on the outcomes. This module shows you how to measure the performance of your local health jurisdiction using logic models and outcome measurement.

This course is co-provided by the Northwest Center for Public Health Practice (NWCPHP) and Continuing Nursing Education (UWCNE) at the University of Washington.

Target Audience

Public health practitioners, healthcare providers, data providers and users, representatives of affected communities, governments at the local, state, and federal levels, and professional and private nonprofit organizations.

Objectives for Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, you will be better able to:

  • Describe the components and uses of a logic model
  • Define outcome measurements and why they are important
  • Differentiate between indicators and outcome measures
  • Describe potential uses of outcome measures
  • Identify measurable outcomes
  • Determine levels (e.g., community, system, agency, program) of outcomes 
  • Identify outcomes vs. goals and objectives

Additional Information

Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.50 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level

Betty Bekemeier
Faculty, Northwest Center for Public Health Practice, School of Public Health, University of Washington, Seattle

Available Credit

  • 1.50 Contact hours
  • 0.00 Pharmacology hours at the advanced practice level


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