The Results-Oriented Logic Model provides the primary lens for our work on individual, family, and community resilience.

Over the past decade this basic theoretical lens has been extensively applied to strengthening families and communities.

community needs/assets - desired community results - indicators of success - community programs / activities - resources

Maximizing the ability of communities to support individuals and families on a daily basis is a complex challenge. This Results-oriented logic model shows the effective process of building community capacity to reach important quality of life results for individuals and families. It emphasizes the need to identify the assets and needs of a community as well as measurable, observable results prior to action steps. Such an approach identifies and isolates factors that are clear contributors to community capacity and resilience.

Communities and their members have strengths and weaknesses, along with resources and needs. Challenges often emerge in a community context related to particular target groups. Logically, it is important to assess and prioritize needs, clarify desired results, and identify observable indicators of having reached those results before programs and activities are initiated and resources inventoried and allocated.

Therefore, the logical sequencing of our work with communities, community members, and those who support them, is to assess the assets and needs, clarify desired results, and identify indicators that show you have reached your results. Once these steps are taken, necessary resources are readily recognized, appropriate programs and activities developed, and outcomes reasonably evaluated.

Resultant community capacity reflects the extent that formal systems and informal networks (a) demonstrate a sense of shared responsibility for the general welfare of the community and its members and (b) demonstrate collective competencies to take advantage of opportunities and address community needs.