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Logic Modeling for Planning, Implementing, Evaluating, and Communicating Results From an Organizational Oral-Health Literacy Project

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By: Marcia Ditmyer Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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A logic model is a graphic depiction of identified relationships between resources, activities, outputs, and outcomes of a project. It displays a sequence of actions that describes what the researchers plan to do and how investments link to results. In this project, we used the Taylor-Powell and Henert (2008) concept, which has five core components: (1) inputs that include resources and investments; (2) outputs that include activities and services; (3) outcomes that include short-term, mid-term, and long-term results or changes for individuals, groups, and organizations; (4) basic assumptions about the project; and (5) external factors in the environment that could potentially affect the project. This case provides an account of how we used this logic model for our project, whose aim was to assess oral-health literacy within a dental school environment using the 10 attributes of health-literate organizations published by the Institute of Medicine (now the Health and Medicine Division, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine) in 2012 as the framework. The goal was to determine whether it would be feasible to use a logic modeling approach for planning, implementing, evaluating, and communicating the level of oral-health literacy within an organization, and subsequently provide a “road map” for other organizations to similarly assess the level of oral-health literacy within their own organizations. This case study outlines the process used to evaluate the first of the 10 attributes of a health-literate organization and provides the methodological approach, limitations, and challenges we faced during the process.

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