Logic Model

A log­ic mod­el describes the activ­i­ties of an orga­ni­za­tion and links among pro­gram mis­sion, activ­i­ties, out­puts, and short‑, intermediate‑, and long-term out­comes relat­ed to a spe­cif­ic prob­lem or sit­u­a­tion. The Mis­souri Pre­ven­tion Sci­ence Insti­tute’s log­ic mod­el was ini­ti­at­ed by our Steer­ing Com­mit­tee and refined by the entire team over the course of the first year. We expect to con­tin­ue to refine the mod­el over time.

The two-page mod­el can be seen below, click on each for a larg­er view.

MPSI Logic Model pg 1
MPSI Log­ic Mod­el, pg. 1
MPSI Logic Model pg 2
MPSI Log­ic Mod­el, pg. 2

The mod­el is guid­ed by pub­lic health, eco­log­i­cal, and mul­ti­cul­tur­al frame­works. Grad­u­ate stu­dents par­tic­i­pate in all aspects of the Insti­tute out­reach activ­i­ties includ­ing imple­ment­ing fam­i­ly resource cen­ters in local schools; con­duct­ing fam­i­ly assess­ments and pro­vid­ing par­ent train­ing; con­sult­ing with teach­ers and school per­son­nel about prob­lem behav­iors at school; and devel­op­ing and imple­ment­ing fam­i­ly- and school-based inter­ven­tions for inter­nal­iz­ing and exter­nal­iz­ing symp­toms. The Insti­tute also con­ducts rig­or­ous research includ­ing eval­u­at­ing the impact of pro­vid­ed ser­vices and assess­ing com­mu­ni­ty and school needs. Our assump­tions are ground­ed in social-eco­log­i­cal the­o­ries of child devel­op­ment. We began with the most basic assump­tion that all chil­dren deserve healthy and safe envi­ron­ments and that adults are respon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing these envi­ron­ments. Because of our inter­est in the eco­log­i­cal and pub­lic health impli­ca­tions of our work, we also made explic­it our assump­tions that gov­ern­ments also share respon­si­ble for ensur­ing that all chil­dren have access to healthy and safe envi­ron­ments. We also assumed that depres­sion and aggres­sion pose a major bur­den for chil­dren and soci­ety, an assump­tion sup­port­ed by exten­sive pub­lic health data. Our oth­er assump­tions include beliefs about the val­ue of evi­dence-based strate­gies espe­cial­ly when they are con­nect­ed to com­mu­ni­ty-based par­tic­i­pa­to­ry research. Next, we defined the four core oper­a­tional activ­i­ties of the Insti­tute that arise from our assump­tions, val­ues, and vision: research, ser­vice, train­ing, and pol­i­cy. Each of these in turn have spe­cif­ic activ­i­ties.  The Log­ic Mod­el depicts how these activ­i­ties are linked to desired short-term out­comes and in turn result in the long-term out­comes of Insti­tute activ­i­ties. We also defined our emerg­ing orga­ni­za­tion­al struc­ture. Giv­en the broad scope of our work, we decid­ed it was crit­i­cal to form first a Steer­ing Com­mit­tee of core stu­dent and fac­ul­ty mem­bers who could guide the ini­tial devel­op­ment of the Insti­tute and then and Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee com­posed of state and local lead­ers in chil­dren men­tal health.