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Unpacking the Arrows in Logic Models: Converting Assumptions to Realities

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Time: 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Eastern Time

National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships (NNERPP) Annual Forum
Gillette Stadium
1 Patriot Place
Foxborough, MA 02035


This presentation at the NNERPP Annual Forum builds on resources developed by REL Northeast and Islands, REL Midwest, REL Appalachia, REL Central, and REL Pacific. The session covers the benefits and shortcomings of logic models, how to unpack the arrows within logic models, and recommendations for measuring short-term or intermediate outcomes.

REL Midwest’s Julie Kochanek presents a process for research-practice partnerships (RPPs) to use or adapt when discussing the assumptions that sit behind the arrows in the logic model. The REL resources shared during this session may serve as foundational documents for newer partnerships to consider using as they develop their logic models. This presentation complements existing REL resources by challenging RPPs to systematically plan for how they will move from short-term to intermediate outcomes.


  • Julie Kochanek, Director, REL Midwest
  • Joshua Stewart, Senior Researcher, REL Central
  • Steve Lipscomb, Senior Researcher, REL Mid-Atlantic
  • Chris Mazzeo, Director, REL Northwest
  • Cary Cuiccio, Senior Director, REL Southwest