12.1 Logic Models

Each of the preceding chapters has discussed a vital part of a performance management approach to the prosecution of sexual violence cases. The overall mission of such an approach is to continually improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and equity of the way sexual violence cases are handled within a given jurisdiction. This point cannot be overstated. It is critical for offices and individual prosecutors aiming to improve their practice to see the connection between performance management and improvements on the prosecution response.

The following logic models aim to summarize this crucial connection.111 These logic models are intended as companions to the Office-Level and Case-Level Conceptual Models in Volume I, linking the office-level and case-level practices that are the focus of that volume to the intended outputs, outcomes, and performance management practices discussed in this volume. The logic models help ensure a clear and logical relationship between all of these elements.

There are four main components to the logic models:

  • Strategies describe what actions should be taken at various stages in preparing and trying sexual violence cases;
  • Implementation Process enumerates the specific steps that will be used as part of the strategy to produce a specific output/deliverable;
  • Outputs/Deliverables represent the immediate result of a practice (g., the activity of training individuals produces an output of a specific number of people trained); and
  • Outcomes which reflect the long-term change that is envisioned (e., what will be different as a result of the activities).
Click here to view Exhibit 12-1, Office-Level Logic Model Table.


111 A logic model is a graphic representation of practices that can be visually linked to expected outcomes.