To develop a goal for your service dog program that is measurable, it is necessary to create a road map of sorts to outline what your program aims to achieve for the community you serve. This road map is referred to as a program logic model. It is important for Service Dog training programs to have a logic model so their program can be evaluated.
Similarly, a requirement by our project funder, Health Canada, is that this project be evaluated to determine if the goal we set out was met. Read below about the goal of this project in a short summary and then see it presented as a logic model. After this, the First Steps First Workbook for developing a logic model is shared.
Now see how this information is presented in a logic model:
Activities & Outputs
If service dog organizations working with veterans diagnosed with PTSD, see the value of evidence-informed information on problematic substance use and peer support, they will use this information to change policies, programs and practices which are designed to help veterans take positive actions with respect to substance use.
This user-friendly workbook designed to help service providers (in any field, including organizations training service dogs) become familiar with the initial steps in planning to undertake a program evaluation.
The workbook is below, and chapter 3 is an easy to follow introduction to program logic models.