Office of Children and Family Services

Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

Develop Outcomes

It’s important to articulate the desired outcomes as clearly and specifically as you can. You should know not only what needs to change, but also what will result from the change. Clearly link the components of the program with changes in behavior, attitudes, skills, or knowledge of the targeted population of an intervention.  What, specifically, will be different when the program or practice is put into place?

The development of the link between program design and the outcome is what is known as a “logic model.” These models take users through similar logical steps necessary to implement programs where it is possible to measure outcome attainment. Logic models are also helpful for selecting a program or practice you wish to implement. There are several different approaches for creating logic models or for developing outcome- or results-based programs. 

Below are websites that may assist you in creating a logic model.

External links are provided for the convenience of the user. Such use does not constitute an official endorsement or approval by the Office of Children and Family Services. When users click an external link and leave the OCFS website, they should be aware that they are subject to the privacy and security policies of the external site.

If you have a contract with OCFS you are probably familiar with outcome-based contracting.  While evidence-based programs demonstrate outcomes, not all outcome-based programs have rigorous studies providing evidence.  Those with evidence are more likely to bring about the desired outcomes.

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