Have you ever executed a plan, only to find that you did not accomplish your original goal?
The Logical Framework is a tool that will help ensure that the plan you execute causes you to deliver the outcomes needed to achieve the purpose you want that means you accomplish the goal you desire. The idea is that you link the things you do directly to the desired goal through a logical thought process.
In the Logical Framework you define success measures, verification method and assumptions behind each of the planned actions (the model calls these “Inputs“), “Outcomes” of executing the plan, the “Purpose” behind wanting those outcomes, and the end “Goal” you want to achieve.
The core of the Logical Framework is the “temporal logic model” that runs through the matrix. This takes the form of a series of connected propositions:
- If these Inputs are implemented, and these Assumptions hold, then these Outcomes will be delivered.
- If these Outcomes are delivered, and these Assumptions hold, then this Purpose will be achieved.
- If this Purpose is achieved, and these Assumptions hold, then this Goal will be achieved.
This tool was developed by the US Aid government department to ensure that the ultimate outcomes of delivering humanitarian aid to a country were achieved as a result of the aid program. Basically, this is a reinforced outcome based approach to project planning.
For all of the detail, have a look at the following:
The Logical Framework, A Manager’s Guide