Creating a Logic Model and Theory of Change for Program Proposals

This webinar, from 5/2/2012, features Amy-Jo Versolato and Carol White of the Center for Victims of Torture.


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Wednesday, 02 May 2012


This webinar will help the participant understand the fundamentals of the development of a logic model in project design and proposal writing. Participants will be able to explain how information is entered into a logic model template and how information flows logically from section of the model to another. Common problems encountered while developing a logic model as well as logic model limitations will also be discussed. Discussion will include the value of including program assumptions and a theory of change in the process of logic model development.


  1. Receive a logic model template, working definitions of fields accepted by ORR and other funders, and be able to explain the purpose of a logic model in proposal development.
  2. Observe the process of translating a services program into the logic model framework, choosing the most important objectives, inputs, outputs, assumptions and outcomes to demonstrate to a potential funder a clear understanding of how a program intervention will address the identified needs of the population to be served.
  3. Explain what a theory of change is and how it relates to the elements of a logic model.


Amy-Jo C. Versolato, Institutional Relations Officer, The Center for Victims of Torture

Amy-Jo Versolato has been working in international nonprofits for more than 12 years, focusing on U.S. government and intergovernmental (United Nations, European Commission) contract writing and management. She holds a bachelor's degree in international relations and French from the University of Minnesota and a J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School. She spent two years in private business law practice before entering the nonprofit sector in 1999, when she joined the NGO the American Refugee Committee. There she managed U.S. government and intergovernmental funding contracts for 15 country programs and also served as the Central Asia regional coordinator and coordinator of worldwide refugee reproductive health programs. Joining the Center for Victims of Torture (CVT) in 2002, she is currently in charge of fundraising for CVT's international services and capacity building projects as well as assisting in international project development. She also provides general support to CVT's international projects, visiting field sites to conduct mid-program assessments, host donor visits, conduct start-up activities

Carol White, Manager, National Capacity-building Project, The Center for Victims of Torture

Carol White wrote the ORR technical assistance grant application for NCB for three project cycles (8 years). In addition she has developed new direct service program models and written federal, foundation, and United Way proposals for an additional sixteen years. Successful federal grant areas include: Healthcare for the Homeless, School based clinics, SAMHSA, Maternal and Child Health (Title XX), USAID. Successful private and corporate foundations include US Institute for Peace, McKnight, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Park Nicollet Foundation, St. Paul Foundation, and Bremer Bank.


Theory of change

  • Theory of Change: a Practical Tool for Action, Results, and Learning, Organizational Research Services, 2004, prepared for the Annie Casey Foundation (
  • The Community Builder’s Approach to Theory of Change: a Practical Guide to Theory Development, Andrea A. Anderson, PhD. See (web based community of practice on this topic) for much more on this topic. Co-sponsored by the Aspen Institute.

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