Talks about what outcomes models (strategy models) are. Number 2 in the Three Minute Outcomes series which looks at strategy, outcomes, performance management and proving that your organization, program or project has had an impact. Resources below.

Short introduction to outcomes models. These are both a practical and conceptual tool used in outcomes theory and when working with outcomes systems (strategy, planning, performance management, review and impact assessment systems etc.) of any type. As a practical tool, they let interventions show the way in which it is thought the intervention might work. As a theoretical tool they provide a quick way (independent of sometimes confusing jargon such as: inputs, outputs, processes, intermediate outcomes, outcomes, impacts, goals etc.) to talk about the definitions and principles of outcomes theory. They go by many names such as: strategy models, intervention logics, program theories, theories of change, logic models, results chains and results roadmaps. They are used for strategy, prioritisation, evidence-based practice, performance management, alignment and proving impact amongst other things.

Resources:

More information on the definition of an outcomes model within outcomes theory.

An article comparing Duignan’s Multi-Layered Outcomes Models with traditional inputs/activities/outputs/outcomes logic models.

An example of an outcomes model for a mental health service.

An article on whether linear outcomes models address complexity adequately.